Make time to mow
A buzzing lawn mower is the quintessential sound of summer – this is definitely the time for mowing. Little and often is better than a big attack every once in a while, so try to cut the grass once a week. Enjoy 10 per cent off selected Flymo, Bosch and Webb lawn mowers until 28 July.
Ideally, spread your grass clippings across the compost heap in shallow layers. A huge mound might turn slimy and spoil the compost underneath.
If your lawn is newly laid, do not let the turf dry out in hot weather. Water it every evening and, if we do have a heat wave, consider letting the grass grow a little longer than usual to help it through the dry spell
With a bit of luck, it will be nice and warm in the garden now. But you will not be the only one enjoying the weather, so keep an eye out for pests. Greenfly and blackfly in particular love the heat. If you catch caterpillar and aphid infestations early enough, they can be dealt with by hand. Aphids and other sap-sucking insects can transmit viruses.
Remember the birds
Do not wait for winter to feed the birds in your garden. If the hot weather continues and the ground hardens, it will be much more difficult for them to find food. Put some out to supplement their diet and help them build their reserves for winter. Birds love to splash about on hot summer days, so why not choose from a fantastic range of bird baths from £19.99.
Protect your produce
Home-grown fruit is delicious and fun to grow. Keep an especially watchful eye on it in dry weather – water regularly and keep picking. Mulching with organic matter will help reduce water loss and suppress weeds. Try organic farmyard manure, 50L, £4.99.
If you grow vegetables under glass, remember that even greenhouses can get too hot. Keep them shaded on hot days, and spray the floor with water in the morning to create a humid atmosphere.
Do not do this at night, though, because the humidity and lower temperatures can encourage pests and disease.
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