The month that sees spring transition into summer: June has the longest days of the year and is a busy time for every gardener. Weeding, planting, watering, and dead-heading being only a few of the tasks essential for this prosperous month.
The workload is worth it though, as this month fully rewards your efforts by offering heaps of sunlight, the first delicious strawberries of the year and plenty of vibrant colour displays across your garden. Everything you do in June sets the tone for a thriving summer garden and can even help get the ball rolling for autumn.
June marks the start of the summer with plenty of sunny days to look forward to
If you're wondering which tasks to do in the garden in June, we have put together a list of our top tips and tricks to help you achieve flourishing growth in no time. Alternatively, you can head over here for more information on how to plan out the gardening seasons and discover plenty of useful pointers for the individual months.
What we’ll cover in this article:
- Some summer cleaning
- Sweet summer strawberries
- Keep flowers well-fed & supported
- Look after your lawns
- Wrapping Up
Some summer cleaning
With the arrival of the warmer summer temperatures, your plants are growing stronger than ever. Make sure to water them regularly so they don’t dry out in the heat and deadhead any spring flowering plants that have gone over by now. Be careful not to overwater any of your plants though.
Make sure your plants get plenty of water in June
With all of this additional light and warmth, weeds will sprout up almost out of nowhere. Keep up with them by hoeing on a daily basis in dry weather. June marks the ideal time to really get your garden looking its best, so make sure to remove any eyesores and take cuttings of coleus, fuchsias, pelargonium, verbena and perennial wallflowers as you go. Don’t forget to get a bundle of fresh lavender and hang it upside down in a warm room to dry out.
Sweet summer strawberries
June marks the beginning of our vegetable garden's first harvest, providing potatoes and sweet strawberries as a reward for the previous weeks' efforts. Nothing beats the flavour of freshly picked strawberries!
Watch out for the season's first strawberries
Birds and other animals will be attracted to your habitats now as they are bursting with colour and full of various scents. There are lots of fruits and seeds to feed on, so cover your crops and fruit trees. Using mesh netting helps your fruit to ripen while remaining healthy and also protects them from snails, slugs, beetles and worms.
Keep flowers well-fed & supported
Feed any plants that are fruiting or flowering at this time of year at least once a week to maximise flower production and yield larger, more abundant crops. Make sure to fertilise your ornamental shrubs and don’t forget to also feed your patio pots for an abundance of flowers and fruits.
Your summer flowering bulbs should be in full bloom this month
On top of feeding your flowers, you will want to remember to offer additional support to any tall plants. Your tall perennials may be in full bloom this month, so make sure to secure them for windy and rainy days by tying their stems to a frame. We recommend using a bamboo frame for the best results.
Look after your lawns
As the temperatures get warmer and there’s an abundance of daylight, you should invest some time into looking after your lawns to create a lush green landscape. Make sure to keep an eye on your lawn this month and watch out for any signs of colour changes or patchiness, as this is most likely due to an insect infestation. Carefully trim its edges and feed every 4 to 6 weeks.
Keep weeds at bay for flawless summer lawns
Summer is the time of the year you will be using your lawn the most, so make sure to keep weeds at bay. You can keep your lawn damp with decorative mulch, this will also thicken it up for when you are entertaining your family and friends or playing football in your garden.
June is an exciting time for gardeners as it beacons the official beginning of summer and invites us to enjoy those late evenings we have been waiting for. It’s a great time to host dinner parties and barbecues for your family and friends.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of soft grass under your feet with a cold drink and some tasty summer snacks to welcome this season. Why not use this harvesting opportunity to prepare a delicious fruit salad with your own sweet strawberries or go for a more hearty potato salad fresh from your garden?
Make sure to start thinking about your gardening plan for July. If you want to get a head start on the rest of the year, you can read about our best tips and tricks for each season.
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