IMG_2485‘A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken’  James Dent.


  • Hoe borders frequently to reduce the weed growth
  • Plant up hanging baskets and patio pots with summer bedding
  • Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes
  • Start harvesting lettuces, radishes and early potatoes
  • Dead – head flowers to encourage longer flowering
  • Mow the lawn weekly, but not too closely.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs


  • Dead – head hanging baskets and containers. Water and feed them regularly
  • Keep tomatoes well fed.
  • Support perennials such as Nepeta, Geum and Dahlias.
  • Pick courgettes before they become marrows
  • Dead – head roses
  • Clear algae and blanket weed from your pond and keep it topped up with water
  • Use a liquid feed on your lawn to keep it looking good. Water and cut your grass regularly


  • Keep watering. August is usually the hottest month of the year
  • Harvest your vegetables
  • Cut perennials for use as flowers in the home
  • Most importantly, enjoy your garden