• Posted by Louise Cook Thursday Jun 29, 2017

Gear your garden up for the heatwave

We’re in the midst of one of the biggest heat waves that the UK has ever had. Dog owners have been warned on the news not to walk their canines after 9am due to the extreme temperatures we’re seeing for the majority of the day. After waiting for what seems like an eternity for summer, the reality is that for many of us it’s just too hot to enjoy being outside.

Some people have been taking to twitter to air their concerns – particularly emphasising the difficulty to sleep in this weather!

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It is a shame if you find yourself staying indoors during the evenings lately, but it may be that with some simple changes to your garden landscape it will be much more equipped to not only make the most of the sun but also create a safe haven from over-heating.

In the short-term, you can invest in some new garden furniture – perhaps a couple of loungers and a free standing parasol. Alternatively, adding some lattice to the outskirts of your fences will provide some shade from the sun, whilst still being an attractive feature for any garden.  

Don’t forget you can also use the garden to keep heat away from the house by hanging out clothes to dry there, rather than putting the tumble dryer on and generating more heat into the home. A washing line can easily be picked up for around £30 from your local Argos or John Lewis, well worth the trip!

Longer term, you might want to think about growing something natural that will give you shade and comfort. Back at home I’ve got a pergola which has lovely flowers growing across it, which allows a comfortable amount of light in. This was there when I moved in and likely took the previous owners years to grow the flowers around it, but is a lovely long term plan if you think you are likely to stay in the same property for years to come.

If you would like to enlist the help of a TrustMark garden landscaper or handyman to provide you with some sun relief in your garden, visit www.trustmark.org.uk. All TrustMark traders commit to working to Government-endorsed standards.