Watering is essential as the weather warms up, so water once or twice a week to draw plant roots deeper into the nutritious soil. Don’t forget your containers! Containers and hanging baskets will need watering once a day, or more if it is hot.
Larger shrubs, trees and hedges can be watered by a hose or trickle hose.
It may officially be summer but the great British weather likes to keep us guessing, so keep vulnerable plants protected at night if frost is forecast.
A buzzing lawn mower is the quintessential sound of summer – and this is definitely the time for mowing. Rather than cutting every once in a while, it is better to cut the grass little and often, so try to cut the grass once a week.
Ideally, spread your grass clippings across the compost heap in shallow layers.
If your lawn is newly laid, do not let the turf dry out in hot weather.
With a bit of luck, it will be nice and warm in the garden now. But keep an eye out for pests, such as greenfly and blackfly. Caterpillar and aphid infestations can be dealt with by hand if caught early enough.
Home-grown fruit is delicious and fun to grow, but remember to water regularly and keep picking. Mulching with organic matter is also good to help reduce water loss and suppress weeds.
If you grow vegetables under glass, remember that even greenhouses can get too hot, so try to keep them shaded on hot days.