SUMMER is in full swing, so it’s time to change up your gardening routine.
High temperatures make it much more difficult to keep your garden in perfect condition.
Fortunately, the landscaping experts at Marshals shared everything you need to do to keep your greens lush, even during a heat wave.
Plus, they revealed what not to do in your garden if you want it to survive all summer.
UNDERSTAND YOUR GARDEN MAKEUP
To beat the summer heat, it’s important to know the makeup of your garden so you can plan accordingly.
For example, you can add mulch to your flower and vegetable beds to keep them cool if they are in a particularly sunny location.
MAKE WATER IN THE MORNING OR EVENING
It may seem like your plants need extra water in hot weather, but if you water them more than once a day, they may become too saturated.
Instead, opt for watering during the cooler part of the day, morning or evening.
Better yet, anticipate the next heat wave by adding a water collector to your garden, so that you can recycle rainwater for watering plants.
WATER AND ADD SHADE TO YOUR VEGETABLE PARKS
Vegetable gardens can be particularly difficult to maintain during the hottest summer months.
To ensure your crops stay healthy, remember to water your vegetables at least once a day.
You can also protect them from the sun with a small canopy.
MAKE YOUR RHYTHM
Gardening is not easy work, so be sure to pace yourself while you work outdoors.
Try to work your garden during the cooler hours and take time to relax and enjoy the sun.
DO NOT MOW THE LAWN
If it’s very hot outside, your lawn will struggle to access water.
So try not to mow the lawn during particularly high temperatures, but if you can’t resist, be sure to leave some grass clippings to help protect the ground.
DO NOT OVERWATER THE GRASS
Like your plants, it can be tempting to water your lawn more than usual in hot weather.
However, overwatering the grass can cause it to die out and therefore the grass should be watered during cooler times and only once a week.
DO NOT CUT PLANTS
If you must prune your plants, try to wait until it is a little cooler outside,
Trimming plants signals them to grow using vital water and energy, which must be saved during high temperatures.
DON’T PLANT ANYTHING NEW
Summer may seem like the perfect time to garden, but resist the urge to plant new greenery.
Digging the soil during intense heat can lead to water loss and an increase in soil temperature, which will ultimately kill your plant.
Instead, do all your plantings during the cooler months or use companion plantings to help shade the ground.
DO NOT USE A GARDEN HOSE
If it’s particularly hot in your area, a garden hose ban may be underway.
When this is the case, you can simply use a good old-fashioned watering can, ideally with recycled rainwater.