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What should you do with your trees and shrubs in June?

Posted on: June 6th, 2019

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Summer is nearly upon us and your gardens are in full bloom. The sun is shining (at times!), the roses are out and we’re all starting to enjoy our outdoor spaces.

So what should you do with your trees and shrubs in June to ensure your garden looks its best?

Trees and shrubs in June

Trees

Now is not a good time to plant new fruit trees. Mid-May to August is when a tree will grow at its fastest rate; therefore the chances of it successfully establishing at this time is far lower during this time. Simply put – spring and autumn are the times to plant a new tree.

If you have planted trees in the spring, water them generously as a dry spell can kill them. Try to use rainwater, grey or recycled water if you possibly can. Loosen tree ties if they are digging into the tree’s bark.

You can cut back young mimosa trees but please bear in mind that mature trees tend to respond badly to hard pruning.

Keep the ground around trees free of grass so that they do not have to compete for food and water.

Thin out new shoots pruned in winter in order to stimulate growth.

Shrubs

During warm and dry weather, it is important to water any shrubs and climbers, focusing on any that have been recently planted or grow against walls.

You can prune shrubs once they have flowered to keep them in check and encourage the growth of new roots. Don’t leave it too late or there may not leave the shrub with enough ripening time to flower the following year. However, it is important to make sure there is no danger of further frosts before pruning any tender shrubs.

June is the perfect time to prune early flowering clematis. You may not have to do it every year but once they start overcrowding, pruning now gives the clematis the entire summer to form new shoots in readiness for spring blossom.

Twining climbers, such as clematis and honeysuckle, should be tied in and around their supports on a regular basis. Climbing and rambling roses need to be tied in as near to horizontal as you can in order to restrict the flow of sap. This results in the growth of further side-shoots along the length of the stem, and more flowers long-term.

Hedges

Continue trimming hedges to keep the growth dense. Check for weeds at their base and remove any nettles or brambles. Depending on the type of hedge, it may need clipping two to three times per year in order to stay under control and attain the density you want.

Evergreen hedges should be clipped and any clippings can be shredded and added to your compost heap as long as they are not too woody. Any remaining frost damage can now be pruned out.

We hope you found our article ‘What should you do with your trees and shrubs in June?’ interesting and informative. If you have any further questions regarding planting, pruning and general maintenance of your hedges, trees and shrubs in June, please feel free to ‘Ask Matt’.

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