Sultry August garden

August 1st 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Sultry August garden

If you haven’t gone on holiday from your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford property yet this summer you may be enjoying a sultry August garden. It looks as it this August will be one of the hottest months of the year. Despite the heat, it is still important to do some chores in the garden to keep it at its best. 

At this time of year, watering is essential, it can be good to try and use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low as it has been such a dry summer so far.  

The other key job in the garden in August is to, take the time to deadhead. Deadheading is the term used for the removal of flowers from plants when they are fading or dead. It is done to keep plants looking attractive and encourage more blooms, whether in beds and border, containers or hanging baskets.

Most flowers as they fade, start to spoil the overall appearance of beds, borders and containers and are best removed. But regular deadheading also directs energy into stronger growth and more flowers. Once the flowers are pollinated; seed heads, pods or capsules form at the expense of further growth and flower development.

Bedding plants and those in pots and hanging baskets also respond well to deadheading. The faded blooms of Argyranthemums, cherry pie, pansies, polyanthus and petunias can be plucked with finger and thumb. Geraniums can be done by hand too if you hold the faded flower stalk near the base and pull downwards. The old bloom snaps out cleanly

Dead rose heads tend to snap off if you, breaking the stalk just below the faded flower head.  There is no need to deadhead rose cultivars that bear hips or other plants that bear berries as they will bring colour to you Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford garden in the autumn.