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Deciding when is a suitable time to water your plants is often over looked. Water typically evaporates quicker during late afternoon and early evening causing the soil to dry out.
FACT: watering plants midday can actually scald the plants instead of creating a cooling effect.
Watering in the morning when the air and ground is cooler is your best option and will prevent water evaporation meaning there is more to be absorbed by the plants.
TIP: overwatering can cause damage to your plants so keep it at a happy medium.
Another way to protect your plants from the summer heat is to create extra shade from other plants, acting a shield. There are plenty of great candidates for the job depending on your preference and what you would like to see in your garden…
If you like Bold colours in your garden then sunflowers are a perfect choice, sunflowers are a summertime favourite which can provide important shade for your more sensitive plants, but at the same time brightening up your garden.
It is better to raise the height of your lawn-mower blade in the summer, cutting your grass a little longer than usual.
More leaf surface keeps the grass in your home garden healthier during hot, dry weather.
Also, if you mow much higher, you will give the lawn a better chance of shading itself.
As we all know it’s not just our plants that are thirsty, birds and other wildlife also need places to enjoy some water. So, it’s important to make sure your birdbath is topped up with fresh water and perhaps leave a bowl of water out for any neighbouring hedgehogs to quince their thirst. Its also a great way to keep all bird and wild life active through the summer months.
Organic mulch can be made from different materials, you can add anything made from organic matter. For example, shredded wood, straw, a mix of grass clippings and shredded leaves.
These materials are going to help your soil in the long run as they decompose and add to your soil structure.
Spreading a layer of mulch over your soil is one of the best things you can do for your garden, especially during heat waves.
The mulch blankets the ground and provides a shield to the soil from the harsh sun.
This keeps the soil cooler, so your plant roots are healthier, and prevents moisture loss from evaporation.
By following these simple tips, it should help you best handle your garden and keep it thriving for the remaining summer months.
Happy gardening everyone.