Plants can get cranky and irritated in the heat just like us. Here are some basic steps to keep them at their best during the hottest summer days.
Everyone looks forward to the heat in the middle of our winters, but when it actually gets here it can be very difficult and stressful on us. The same goes for your plants! They need special care and precautions just like we do when the mercury gets into the 90s and up. Even if you’re keeping up on your basic watering plan, there are a few more steps you should take to ensure your plants remain healthy through the hottest parts of the summer.
First, make sure you are watering correctly. You want to water early in the morning, or late in the day to maximize efficiency and avoid a great deal of it evaporation before it reaches the plants. Aim for a nice deep watering, two or three times a week. And resist the temptation to over-water. Over-watering can be just as damaging as thirst, depriving roots of oxygen and fostering fungal growth.
Also, make sure to utilize mulch. A thick layer of mulch insulates plants’ roots from heat, just as they do from cold in winter. It will also help the soil retain moisture. Strive for a nice, thick five or six inches of mulch.
Finally, just like people, plants can get a sunburn! They cease flowering, and suffer from direct exposure to the sun’s rays. Use a patio umbrella, improvised fabric, you name it to provide a respite during the hottest and sunniest parts of the day.
Taking these few precautions will ensure your plants and flowers will stay at their best all summer long! Or get in touch with us. Our gardening services will have your plants and flowers healthy and carefree all season!