Colin Evans garden tips
BBC Radio Berkshire's gardening expert offers topical tips on summer shrubs, advice on how to keep your lawn verdant for the autumn, and reveals the best places to plant your Fuchsias.
The flowers on the summer shrubs, especially buddleia and roses are looking their very best with great cascades of colour and masses of green growth where they have been well fed during the growing season.
Talking of feeding, don't forget the lawn. Now I know it may look very green and lush at present but liquid feed applied now will help to green up the grass once the autumn sets in and we get shorter cooler days so make the effort and you won't regret it come October.
Resowing your lawn?
Those of you wanting a new lawn should wait a while if turf is to be used as this will curl up and die if sufficient water is not applied, and with the conditions as they are you will need water both night and morning to make sure the new turf is quenched.
If you want a new lawn from seed then it's best to wait. The best time to grow a lawn from seed is September so now is the time to prepare the ground by applying a liquid weed killer containing Glyphosate over the weeds where the new lawn will be sited.
The weeds will be killed off right through to the roots and will not grow up through the newly sown lawn.
Hardy Fuchsias will bloom for weeks during the autumn and will grow well in pots or in the open ground.
Plant them where there is plenty of natural light with a little dappled shade or, if the site is a little dark and damp then hardy Fuchsias will grow happily there, although the flowers may be a little darker than those grown in good light.
Fuchsia Tom Thumb
Best varieties are Tom Thumb, Lady Thumb and Son Of Thumb as these are all a mix of pink shades and whites.
1. Feed Strawberry plants with High Potash. A liquid feed is best and you can use tomato or rose feed as this does the job just as well. Pin down the runners which are growing from the mature crowns and save them for next year's plants.
Feed your strawberry plants with High Potash
2. Prune back all flowered summer shrubs that are at the end of flowering. About a third is a good rule of thumb.
3. Deadhead Rhododendrons now and be careful not to remove the little green shoot just below the old flower cluster as this is the flower shoot for next year.
last updated: 04/08/2008 at 13:00
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