To get your garden looking pretty all year round, you need a little preparation and a lot of patience. The seasons affect your garden in a variety of ways, with the winter months soaking the grass and ruining the plants and flowers that you’ve spent time laying down. The summer months have a habit of drying out the ground, killing the grass and making everything look a little yellow instead of the lush green lawn that you’ve spent time making.
Blistering temperatures may not be the norm where you are, but every now and then you get a true taste of what summer can be. It’s wonderful if you’re human, but not so wonderful if you’re a newly planted flower bed! There’s only so much sunshine a garden needs, otherwise it’s a little bit of an overload and leads to grass and plants dying, the soil cracking and some issues being irreversible. The stress that is put on the garden under the heat isn’t much different from the stress that sends us scuttling into the cool confines of our homes. The difference is that we can’t just pack up all the plants and bring them inside with us. A heatwave, thankfully, doesn’t just show up without a little warning. Usually a heatwave is expected in the summer months, and if you’re experiencing one in the winter you should probably look up whether the apocalypse has hit! We have the right weather technology that can tell us whether the weather is going to change dramatically, which does give us time to look after our gardens the best that we can while the weather is extreme.
Rescuing your garden from a heat wave is more than just moving the paddling pool out of the sun to stop it from hotting up. You need to look at your plants, from the hanging baskets to the tulip beds. Ideally, you want longer lasting flowers and grass that stays green and healthy. You may not be able to turn the temperature down on the sun, but you can turn on the sprinklers during the night and give your plants a well-deserved drink of water. Here’s a few things to remember this summer, so you don’t spend your time wasting it on fruitless tasks!
Let Your Lawn Go.
We love lush grass that is bright green and smells great, but most people don’t know that the grass is supposed to go a little dormant in the heat. They turn yellow as a protective measure and once the weather cools off and it begins to rain again, it’ll go back to that beautiful green you so love. The lawn is a beautiful part of the garden, but unless you plan to cover the entire lawn in blankets for the summer, you need to learn to let go as much as possible so that the grass can eventually go back to green again.
A vegetative state is often not to be celebrated, but when it comes to your plants you need to give them one last water while it’s cool. You’ll see foliage through the summer, but you won’t get any vegetables growing until the autumn; it’s just too hot. Keep things watered regularly, though. You don’t want to kill them off if you know there will be fruit born at the end of the season. Don’t panic too much about the lack of growth; all that sunlight will eventually help as long as you’re preventing the plants from becoming sunburned and damaged.
As it gets hotter outside, you need to look after your newly planted trees and flowers first. These cost money and they’re the healthiest. Next, check on your perennials and cut back on the blossoms and stalks. This gives your plants a chance to recover and gives them more of a chance of growing again when the hot weather backs off. You could also put up a couple of gazebos or tents to protect your plants from too much direct sunlight. Burlap cloth and boxes can help provide shade as well as being breathable enough to prevent humidity striking.
Watering is important, and you should water as deep as 12 inches but not often. The plants and flowers need a deep well to drink from, and you can provide this by early morning watering, every so often not every day. The high temperatures in the air evaporate the water quickly, which can lead to the leaves on the plants wilting and even sun damage. Plants get sunburned like we do, but you can’t add some SPF50 and hope for the best. So, you need to ensure that you water early in the morning as opposed to midday irrigation. The lower temperature can carry the water better throughout the day.
Mulch keeps the moisture around your plants, and before you do it you should water first and water thoroughly. Next, surround the mulch to a depth of 4 inches so that your plants can draw on it to grow. The hot weather doesn’t just hit the leaves and the stems of the plants, but the roots below ground as well. The mulch that you put out there can keep the soil cool enough so that the water can carry, preventing the plants from getting too dry to be salvageable.
A colourful garden all year means work, and you need to ensure the scorching summer doesn’t kill off everything that you’ve worked hard to create. It can be tempting to manure and prune as much as usual but it’s best to just let the season ride out with mulching and watering properly as you go. You want there to be a healthy garden to enjoy at the end of it, so make sure that you’re paying attention to your plants. Take a moment to make your garden plan today, and you’ll be ready for the summer sunshine and the autumn and winter beyond that, as well!
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