When you’ve splashed out on paving in Lancashire, the last thing you want is for your new patio or pathway to be overrun by weeds.

It can be tempting to reach for a can of weed killer and let the chemicals do the work, but given that we’re understanding more and more how damaging these products are for the environment, it’s better to try an eco-friendly alternative.

Luckily, the range of environmentally sound ways to tackle weeds and other pests has increased in recent years and an article in the Telegraph highlighted some of the most effective products on the market.

To remove weeds, the most effective option is to get in there and pull them up. Around paving where it can be tough to reach the roots, a garden scraper by WOLF-Garten is recommended. Its sharp edge cuts the weeds and the hooks remove the debris.

Another option is to invest in a thermal weeder, which applies extreme heat to the weeds, killing them quickly and effectively.

For slugs and snails that are munching on your carefully selected plants, consider using slug barriers that prevent the creatures from reaching your plants, rather than pellets.

If you’d prefer to use slug pellets, opt for organic slug pellets that use ferric phosphate to do away with the slimy pests.

For anyone who’s lacking a little motivation where their garden is concerned as the summer draws to a close, Alan Titchmarsh offered some advice in an article for the Express.

If you feel as though getting your garden in shape is too big of a task, he recommends starting with small jobs to give you a morale boost. Mowing the lawn or trimming a hedge can make the garden look a lot tidier and give you the energy to carry out other tasks in the coming days and weeks.