Gardeners facing hose pipe bans may wish to use a good layer of compost to make the land drought-resistant.

Helen Gazeley, freelance writer and creator of Weeding the Web, declared that established plants are more likely to survive harsher climates, as there is water underneath even if the topsoil is “like concrete”. “Anything young and tender you don’t want to forget about,” she remarked.

The expert recommended compost, as “the more compost you produce and get into the ground, the more the ground hangs on to moisture“.

Garden watering does not necessitate a hose and watering cans are just as effective, she declared, adding she is “not very worried about the lawn” suffering in hotter weather.

Ms Gazeley concluded by stating that gardeners will find they have a reduced workload if they put effort into making their plants suitable for drought weather.

This comes as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced on earlier this month that parts of the Anglican region are officially undergoing a drought.

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