Top Tips for July

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Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds and keep them topped up.

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Water tubs and new plants if dry but be water-wise.

Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines.

Pick courgettes before they become marrows.

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Deadhead bedding plants and repeat flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowering.

Treat apple scab.

Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt.

Order catalogues for next year's spring-flowering bulbs.

Give the lawn a quick acting summer feed (but don't feed wildflower patches or meadows).

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Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the common season.

Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds.

Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines to protect against peach leaf curl.