With temperatures across the UK soaring in the past week, you might have noticed that some of your garden plants are struggling a little with the hot, dry weather we’ve been experiencing.
Luckily, there are a host of things you can do to help your plants ride out the heatwave, with Cambridgeshire Live recently offering gardeners some top tips.
The first piece of advice is to keep your grass taller than you normally would. It’s advised that you allow your grass to stay about half an inch higher than normal in hot weather, because this helps the soil retain moisture by shielding it from the sun.
Creating some shade for your most vulnerable plants is another top tip. If you can, move delicate plants into shady spots. For those that you can’t pick up and move, you can rig up a screen using an old sheet or curtain to provide some much-needed shade in the hottest part of the day.
Putting mulch on your flower beds is another piece of advice worth heeding. As well as adding nutrients, this layer will also help your soil retain its moisture.
When it comes to watering your garden, make sure you avoid doing so in the middle of the day. The best times are early in the morning or in the late evening, when the sun is weaker and the heat less intense.
If you’re going to be heading away on holiday, or you don’t have the time to give your plants the TLC they need, it could be worth getting some help with your gardening in Lancashire to ensure you still have a lush outdoor space to enjoy.
Earlier this month, the Guardian revealed that there was a surge in sales at garden centres in May, with the newspaper suggesting that many people were frustrated by the cold spring and raced to make the most of their outdoor areas as the weather heated up