Try watering the soil around the base of plants rather than the foliage. By  making pools around individual plants so that the water is directed straight to the roots where it is needed.

Water your containers and baskets thoroughly in hot weather.

Collect valuable rainwater

Use water butts instead of tap water as often as you can when watering your plants.

Turn the contents of your compost bins every month to keep it well aerated.

Keep bird baths topped up in hot weather.

Remove floating blanket weed from ponds by twirling it around a stick or garden cane. Before composting it, pile the weed close to the pond for a few hours so any creatures caught up in it can crawl back into the water.

Look after your aphid eaters – ladybirds, hoverflies and lacewings feast on greenfly and blackfly so it is worth protecting them.

Look for aphids on the underside of leaves – rub them off by hand or spray with an insecticide to prevent them multiplying. Alternatively try using a natural pest control such as Lacewing larvae.

Keep an eye out for scarlet lily beetles on your lilies – remove and crush any you see. Also check for the sticky brown larvae on the underside of leaves.

If your plants are wilting for no obvious reason then check for vine weevils by tipping your plants out of their pots and looking for ‘C’ shaped creamy maggots amongst the roots. Treat with nematodes if vine weevils are spotted.

Prevent slugs attacking your young plants by using nemaslug. For container plants try using copper tape