Gardening - Jobs for the Week

Regular watering keeps your garden in peak condition. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Regular watering keeps your garden in peak condition. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

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Prune larger-leaved evergreens including laurel

Remove rose blooms as soon as they fade, cutting right back to a bud in a leaf axil to ensure the plant retains good shape and continues to flower

Pick flowers such as sweet peas and dahlias to encourage further flowering

Give hardy geraniums a haircut with shears to help them stay compact

Regularly remove side shoots from tomatoes

Keep recently laid lawns well watered at all times

Divide overcrowded and congested clumps of rhizomatous iris, carefully lifting each clump and then dividing them into separate chunks with a sharp knife. Replant immediately in a sunny site

Cut lavender for drying, just before the buds open fully, and tie them in loose bunches, hanging them upside down in a well-ventilated, warm spot

When the foliage of garlic starts to yellow, the bulbs should be ready for lifting

Continue to sow salad plants such as rocket, lamb’s lettuce and claytonia. If you want baby leaves, don’t thin them out, just snip off the leaves when they are a suitable size

Prune summer-fruiting raspberries as soon as they finish cropping

Top up water levels in ponds if necessary

Peg down runners on strawberry plants to create new plants if you didn’t do so earlier