5 Tips To Help Your Garden Survive Summer
In mid-July, things get hot in the Triangle. That means that things in your garden get even hotter. If your plants are looking droopy and sad from their exposure to the heat and the sun, there are a few things you can do to help. Nothing is foolproof, but you can take actions now to help your garden survive the heights of summer.
Consistent watering can make all the difference between crispy plants and a thriving garden. Give your plants a good healthy watering several times a week. If temperatures are above 85 degrees, you may consider watering every day. Try watering early in the morning - the lower temperatures in the a.m. gives your plants a chance to absorb water before the heat of the day sets in, and can help reduce the chances of mildew.
Your watering system doesn’t have to be super fancy. A hose or watering can are great options. If you want to upgrade, you can consider a drip irrigation system, which allows water to drip slowly to the plants’ roots. This system strategically puts water close to the plants to minimize evaporation, and can be put on a timer so that you don’t have to worry about being forgetful.
Baby Your Containers.
If your garden includes potted plants and container gardens, make sure to give them a little extra attention. Containers heat up and dry out faster than ground-based plants, and the container lifestyle prohibits plants’ roots from seeking out moisture and cooler temperatures deep underground. Your container plants literally depend on you for everything, so make sure you take extra good care of them. Water your containers every day during the hottest parts of the year, and move them to shaded areas first when the heat of the day becomes too much.
Treat Your Garden Like Lasagna.
That means layers. You can freshen up the soil by mixing in some compost to help give plants a boost, retain moisture, and keep the soil cool. Then, add a nice big layer of mulch. Mulch provides an extra layer between the sun and your plants’ roots, helping to safeguard them from the heat. Pine straw or bark mulch are fine selections - you’ll want this layer to be about 2 inches deep to keep water from evaporating too quickly.
Throw Some Shade.
Providing your plants with a little shade can help give them a layer of sunscreen, and protect them from the searing heat of afternoon sun. A little shade can also help keep water from evaporating too quickly, and help your plants conserve their moisture.
Just like with watering, shade doesn’t have to be super fancy. Large trees nearby can provide shade, but you can also provide your own shade with sail cloth, umbrellas, or by planting strategically. If you’re looking for ideas on how to provide your plants with some shade, try looking here.
Travel on Autopilot.
If you’re planning on going on vacation, even if it’s just a long weekend, remember to provide for the plants, too. You can either ask a neighbor to give you a hand, or you can set your hoses on timers so that things can run smoothly even when you’re not home. By planning ahead, your garden will be able to survive your summer vacation.
There are also a few little things you can do for blooming plants, like making sure they get fed with a good fertilizer and trimming your blooms regularly to make sure they keep producing. However, making sure everything is well-watered and protected from the heat of the afternoon sun are the most important steps you can take to keep things from drying out.
Your garden may not look its absolute best during the hottest part of summer, but that’s normal. When the temperatures rise, many plants are focused on survival rather than growing and blooming. Keep in mind that your garden is also trying to beat the heat - and you are its trusted ally. If you take extra good care of it during the height of summer, you will be rewarded with a beautiful garden when the temperatures start to ease off in the fall.
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