• Summer prune bush roses.  Cut back by about one third to stimulate further flowering.
  • Water for longer periods to encourage deep roots but increase the time between watering.
  • Plant autumn flowering bulbs now.
  • Raise the blades on your lawn mower, if you haven’t already done so. Longer grass is more likely to remain lush and it requires less water.
  • Water tomatoes daily to prevent skins from splitting. Liquid fertilise all vegetables and harvest regularly to encourage further production.
  • Water camellias 2-3 times a week to avoid bud drop and poor flowering later in the year.
  • Keep birdbaths and other water supplies topped up for birds and other wildlife.
  • Deadhead perennials regularly to encourage further flowering and new growth.
  • Water and feed container plants regularly – small pots may need watering twice a day in very hot weather.  Larger pots should be ok with a deep twice weekly watering. Smaller pots will benefit from being moved into afternoon shade.
  • Consider shading your vegetable crops with 50% white shade cloth.  There is enough light in summer due to the long days to still allow most vegetables to produce high yields and it can reduce the amount you water by 50%
  • When it’s too hot to be outside, use the time to review your garden.  Could the space be laid out differently to maximise the benefit you get from it, in both an aesthetic and a practical sense?  How are your plantings doing?  Are they thriving or just surviving? Do you have interest all year round?  A one hour consultation on site could be enough to give you a direction for change, and a fresh eye often sees opportunities that you might miss.