- Remove excess side shoots and leaves shading the fruit on grape vines
- Prune out fruited canes of summer raspberries and cut back side shoots of gooseberries and red and white currants.
- Tip prune figs to encourage bushy growth
- Net ripening fruit against birds
- Sow spring cabbage, turnips, Oriental vegetables, chicory, fennel and autumn and winter salads and make the last sowings of French and runner beans.
- To avoid risk of blossom end rot on tomatoes keep plants evenly watered
Glasshouse & Indoors
- Introduce predators and parasites immediately if glasshouse whitefly, red spider mite, mealy bug and scale insects are found.
- Place conservatory plants outside now it is warm.
- Water houseplants freely and feed fortnightly.
- Ventilate and shade conservatories and greenhouses to prevent overheating
Lawns and meadows
- Prune deciduous magnolias if required
- Start pruning excess summer growth on wisteria
- Take semi-ripe cuttings of shrubs.
Ponds and water features
- Top up wildlife ponds in dry weather in accordance with any hosepipe bans operating.
- Run pumps on sultry nights to maintain oxygen levels for fish.
- Regularly liquid feed containerised plants.
- Keep cutting sweetpeas, water and mulch to prolong flowering
- Dead-head roses, bedding plants and repeat flowering perennials.
Pest, disease and disorder watch
- Bright orange spots on the upper surface of pear leaves indicates pear rust.
- Sudden collapse of apparently healthy clematis stems indicates clematis wilt.
- Dry weather will encourage powdery mildew on clematis, rose, laurel and honeysuckle.
- Brown patches on conifers may indicate cypress aphid.
- Dry conditions favour ants. Where possible keep containers and other areas well watered.
- Pick off the larvae of scarlet lily beetle and asparagus beetle.
- On Fuchsia and Dahlia small holes in new foliage indicates capsid bug damage.
- Damage to foliage of Viburnum tinus and V. opulus is likely to be caused by viburnum beetle