No patience for a wilting garden? Follow these beat-the-heat garden tips
1. Be Smart About Watering
While the temperature may be warmer and drier, you don’t have to spend every moment of your free time watering your plants. The typical rule of thumb is to water flowerbeds twice a week with plenty of water, this will be more effective than watering the flowerbeds more frequently, with less water.
2. Water in the Morning
Once you have the right irrigation supplies in place, you can begin to put together a watering schedule. Always remember that it is better to water early in the morning before temperatures rise
Also, avoid watering at night. It might seem like a good idea to do this task when you get home from work, but think again —the warmth and moisture encourages fungus growth, try to do your heaviest watering in the morning. Only water in the evening if the plant really needs it. Experts also advise against watering in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest as the soil will soak up the water faster, leaving less for the plants to use.
3. Feed Your Plants
Plants need more than just extra water to endure increasing temperatures and strong sun exposure during the summer months. It is also important to feed plants throughout the summer season.
4. Prune Away
Don not be afraid to prune. Keep an eye on your garden and remove any diseased, damaged, or dead debris as they block airflow and growth. If you notice a plant with dead blooms, cut them back now to ensure it grows healthier next season, light pruning all year encourages steady growth and builds a healthy plant.
5. Combat Weed and Pests
You should be vigilant and deal with weeds. Weeds thrive off summer heat and steal nutrients and water from other plants. Any gardener who has fought a battle with weeds knows how strong and overbearing they can quickly become. Just like vegetables, weeds get thirsty, and they will compete with domestic plants for valuable water, so catch them before or after they grow and spread. You should invest in either pre-emergent weed killers which prevent the weed from germinating or post-emergent weed killers which target weeds that have already sprouted and are disturbing your plants.
Also, bugs can be abundant in the summer months, so much so that it can be overwhelming. It is important to know which types of weeds and insects you are dealing with and which products to use to combat them and get the best result.
6. Shade your plants
If an area of your yard or garden is exposed to strong sunlight for the majority of the day, find a way to create shade and protect your plants from too much sunlight.
These handy hints and tips will help you get your summer garden figured out in 2017.