Gardening is very much in at the moment – however, keeping your plants looking their best can be something of a struggle
To give you a helping hand, Sarah Squire, deputy chairman of Squire's Garden Centres, is sharing her tips on exactly what you can do to ensure your garden survives the heat.
1 Water early or late
The best time of day to water your plants will be either early in the morning or late in the evening - at this point, you'll want to give them a good soaking at their base. You should avoid watering them during the hottest part of the day, as this will only scorch the leaves.
2 Water wisely
Use your water carefully - did you know you can re-use washing-up or bath water once it has cooled down? You just need to make sure you don't water anything you would eat without cooking it first, such as lettuce or cucumber. Investing in a water butt could also be an option - we'll have a downpour sooner or later, and when we do, you'll then have free water on tap.
3 Low maintenance plants
Invest in hardy plants that will require minimal watering - for instance, Sedum, Hebe, Lavender, Eurphorbia, Cordyline or Ceanothus.
4 Much mulch
Water your plants, top dress them with compost and then cover them with mulch such as tree bark. This helps to keep the soil cooler and ensures it will not dry out. Mulch is also great for improving the soil texture and helps to suppress weeds.
5 Don't cut the lawn
If you can avoid it, don't cut your lawn, or at least don't cut it too short. Longer grass will tolerate the heat better - and you get a handy reason to avoid having to mow the lawn!
6 Move pots
If you can, you should move your pots into the shade or under a sun umbrella, particularly if you're going on holiday.
7 Instant colours
You can achieve some instant colour in your garden by buying some jumbo bedding plants - for instance geraniums - or a ready-planted container. You can then sit back and enjoy the sunshine!