News from the Village of Belmesthorpe – Aug – 2021


Prune summer flowering shrubs once they have flowered. 

Keep on top of weeds as they compete with crops for nutrients and water. 

Water camellias and rhododendrons thoroughly this month to make sure that next year’s buds develop well. 

Stake tall or top-heavy dahlias and lilies to prevent wind and rain damage. 

Dead-head annuals and perennials to encourage autumn flowering 

Cut back faded perennials to keep borders tidy. 

Cut back herbs now to encourage new growth before the frost. 

Trim lavender plants after flowering to keep them compact. 

Crush any scarlet lily beetles (and larvae on the underside) on your lilies . 

Collect ripened seed and store for next year. 

Take cuttings of pelargoniums and fuchsia to propagate them for next year. 

Spray ground elder (and other perennial weeds) with glyphosate as plants now have plenty of leaf surface area with which to absorb it. 

Water sweetcorn plants regularly and feed with tomato food to get the best cobs. 

Continue to feed tomato plants with tomato food and remove lower leaves to help with air circulation and prevent disease. Pinch out the top of tomato plants to concentrate the growth into the fruit that has already formed. Leave 5 – 6 trusses per plant. 

Thin parsley to ensure a good root system, leaving 25cm between each plant. 

Pinch out the tips of runner bean plants once they reach the top of their sup-port to encourage side-shooting and more beans at anheight for picking. Har-vest beans little and often to prevent them from setting seed. 

Don’t feed your lawn with high-nitrogen fertiliser now as this will encourage lush new growth which is easily damaged by autumn weather. Lawn growth slows now, so raise the cutting height of your mower.