With summer just around the corner, many gardeners will be preparing their gardens for the warmer, sunny days ahead.
As the weather warms up, both experienced and amateur gardeners are at risk of making mistakes which could both lawn and plant health.
Gardening experts at Garden Street have shared exclusively with Express.co.uk the five most common mistakes Britons should avoid making this summer.
Summer gardening mistakes to avoid
1. Watering plants during the day
Gardeners who water plants during the day in the summer risk water being lost to evaporation.
Instead, water plants early in the morning while it’s still cool or later in the evening.
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2. Not protecting soil from the sun
If the soil gets too much heat it can affect the grass and plants being able to take the water and nutrients.
Where possible, shield soil from the sun by spreading a layer of mulch to help it stay cooler.
This will also help the soil retain moisture which can be helpful during the warmer months.
3. Ignoring weeds
Weeds can quickly grow out of control during the summer months, especially if it’s warm and there’s lots of rain.
When temperatures are too high, not much can be done in the garden so it’s the perfect time to tackle the weeds.
4. Cutting lawns too short
Lawns can end up being scalped during the summer months if they’re cut too short.
The experts explained: “During the summer, it is important to remember to set your mower blade at a higher setting.
“By setting the blade higher to leave the grass slightly longer, you will provide shade for the soil to keep it as moist as possible.”
5. Watering lawns too much
During the height of summer lawns can become dusty and dry and watering can help, too much water can cause other problems.
The experts from Garden Street said: “It may be tempting to flood the lawn with water in high temperatures to prevent it from going yellow.
“However, it is best to water the grass once a week if it hasn’t been raining.”