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The dog days of summer are on the way, and soon you’ll need to fend off the summer sun from turning your plants to a crisp. Unfortunately, sometimes our attempts to save our plants can end up harming them even more. You want to be sure you’re using the right garden supplies and the right strategies to keep your plants alive during the hottest months of the year.
That said, for the sake of your garden, here are a few ways you can help your plants beat the summer heat:
- Water consistently and slowly. It can be tempting to give your plants as much water as possible during those extremely hot summer days. But it’s important to be careful with how much water you’re giving your plants. Watering too much and too quickly can drown your flowers. Instead, you want to be sure to water your plants slowly by the roots. This ensures that your plan has the opportunity to absorb the water. Water your plants consistently and deeply every week.
- Water your plants in the morning. It’s best to water your plants in the morning when it’s cool outside. When the sun is at its highest point between 10 AM and 2 PM, the temperature outside is also hotter. Watering your plants at this time will cause the water to evaporate before your plants get a chance to soak it up through their roots.
- Add mulch. Mulch is not only a great way to give your garden the vitamins and nutrients it needs to grow but it also helps to reduce the temperature of the soil. The ground can get hot and dry during the summer months, which can cook your plants’ roots. Do your best to mulch around your plants while keeping away from the stems. This will keep the soil moist and cool. However, while it’s good to mulch your plants at this time of year, it’s important not to fertilize them. This might be hard not to do because 53% of people say gardening and watching their plants grow makes them feel productive. But fertilizer encourages plants to grow, which can take away the plant’s ability to sustain itself in high temperatures.
With the proper care and garden supplies, you can help your plants beat the summer heat. Schwartz Greenhouse offers a wide array of garden supplies and plants like annuals, perennials, and vegetables to help you grow your garden and keep it looking great. For more information about our garden supplies and plants, contact Schwartz Greenhouse today.