July can be one of the warmest months of the year (I say this hopefully) – so make sure you enjoy lots of lovely al fresco living.

With this in mind, plants will be very prone to dehydration in warmer weather, so water as much as possible, ideally using recycled water.

Check clematis for clematis wilt.  Treat apple scab and pick courgettes before they become marrows. Conservatory plants can be relocated outdoors.

Deadhead bedding plants and re-peat flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowering.

Now’s a great time to give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if it missed a spring feed.

And to give woodwork a new lease of life, try a lick of paint or preserver whilst the weather is dry.