The top ten jobs from the RHS are:
- Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
- Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
- Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes
- Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
- Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
- Cut lawns at least once a week
- Plant out summer bedding
- Stake tall or floppy plants
- Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
- Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch
More on keeping your weeds under control
Plants have grown at a rate of knots with all the recent rain but it does mean that weeds are also popping up everywhere. There are lots of things you can do to make sure that your garden doesn’t end up with more weeds than plants.
- To prevent weeds use a thick mulch, or put down landscape fabric when creating new flower beds. You cut holes in the fabric where you plant, and weeds are supressed under the rest of the fabric
- Hoe or pull up weeds when they are small, and before they start to spread their seeds
- Use specialist weeding tools like the Fiskar Weed Puller, and you don’t even need to bend down!
- For particularly tough weeds like thistles and docks you might need to resort to a chemical solution. Products like the Round-Up Weedkiller Gel and the liquid spray not only kill the leaves but are taken down into the roots to ensure the whole weed is obliterated. ‘Spot’ weedkillers are perfect for combatting those weeds which spring up in your lawn or between paving slabs. Choose a liquid weedkiller for larger areas.