20 September 2017

Summer in your garden

“For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” (Matthew 16:27),

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”(Matthew 19:21)

“and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:14)

Have you ever meditated on these verses? What is their real meaning? We know that we are saved by grace and not by our right or wrong doings, but even the Bible says that it is important what we do once we know Christ. In some special way there will be rewards dependant on our input. The same is also true for our garden. According to our input we may maximise the fruit of our labour and to help fulfil that, here are some summer tips:

Maintenance of the garden:

The lawn:

 June is the best time to apply a fungicide to control diseases such as dollar spot, brown patch and other turf diseases.

 August is a great time to renovate your lawn if you have been wanting to do so, and to control grubs and patches in the lawn.

 Keep weeding the lawn all summer, and mow regularly with the blade set low unless the weather is very dry.

Shrubs and trees:

 during June prune shrubs that have finished flowering such as currant, deutzia, kerria, philadelphu, and weigela, but do not forget to feed and if necessary, water them afterwards.

 in June, plant shrubs such as azalea, butterfly bush, mock orange, golden rain tree, hydrangea, rhododendrons, spirea; and in July you can add summersweet, crape myrtle and hypericum.

 in the middle of July, stop pinching chrysanthemums and stop pruning azaleas and rhododendrons as they are beginning to bud for next year’s blooms.

 spray fruit trees regularly during the whole summer (go online and search for a tree spray programme), to control pests and prevent disease.

 keep an eye on roses as they can have problems with black spots and aphis.

Fruit and vegetables:

 in June you may plant apple, pear, peach and other fruit trees, do not forget that fruit trees need two different varieties to pollinate properly, therefore speak with your local gardener for advice.

 if necessary, spray plants to control diseases with a good quality and slowrelease vegetable food.

 in July, start seeding broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts for autumn vegetables.

Flowers:

 June is fantastic for planting perennials such as astilbe, daylilies, foxgolve, rudbeckia, yarrow and annuals like geranium, impatien, marigold, petunia, vinca and salvia.

 in August you can plant ornamental grasses like miscanthus, hardy pampas grass and pennisetum.

 August is a great time to fertilise daffodils and tulips.

Enjoy your summer and may the Lord bless all your input.

Zuzana Polackova