5 Ways To Protect Your Garden In The Hot Weather
As we leave winter behind and summer draws tantalizingly closer every day, people might be looking forward to days of bliss sunbathing in our gardens. Still, our gardens themselves are far less excited!
It’s been shown that plants perspire up to 85% more than humans, so as the warm summer days approach, it could be worth setting up a system to ensure our plants and gardens are ready to cope with hotter weather so we can enjoy lush green spaces with your new garden hose / garden nozzle even as the sun blazes down.
To make things a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best 5 ways to protect your garden in the hot weather so you and your oasis can enjoy some much-needed vitamin D in style and comfort!
Water ‘Not Too Much or Too Little’!
When it’s hot out and you can see your plants are suffering, it might be tempting to head outside and give them some water at all hours of the day, but this is actually one of the worst things you can do! Watering plants during the hottest times of the day can, at best, mean that less water gets to the roots as it evaporates before it ever has a chance to hydrate. At its worst, it can leave your plants with ‘heat scald’ that damages leaves that have been watered while the sun is directly overhead.
For best results, water your plants first thing in the morning and again in the evening if you feel they need a bit extra. Plants in pots, in particular, are likely to need a bit of excess water as there’s less chance for them to gain nutrients from the general soil in your garden.
Consider investing in a garden sprinkler with a timer if you’re not sure you want to get up before the sun to water your plants. This will encourage an even watering and leaves you with more time to get on with other chores or just enjoying the sunshine for yourself! If you prefer to water by hand, take care to water the roots of the plants, not the leaves.
Consider What You’re Planting
Although many plants aren’t fans of the hot weather the same way we are, there are loads of strains that are well adapted to growing even in heatwaves that can make an excellent addition to a thriving garden. That’s why our second tip from our list of 5 ways to protect your garden in the hot weather involves diversifying your garden to include plants that are more heat resistant.
Plants such as rosemary, marjoram, and lavender thrive in the heat and will even release a stronger scent and flavor over the summer months for you to enjoy.
If you’re planting during the hot weather using your best wheelbarrow, be sure to aim for a cloudy day and water well out of the sun.
Check Your Fertilizer and Don’t Scrimp on the Mulch
Higher temperatures can reduce your plants’ ability to absorb nutrients through the soil, so, similarly to watering, it can be tempting to try to overfeed your plants on hot days. But just as with watering, this can actually have the opposite effect and burn rather than feed your plants! Look for liquid fertilizers with improved absorption rates in higher temperatures and feed as normal.
You might also want to check the ingredients of your chosen fertilizer and aim for one that contains seaweed extracts, as many of the naturally occurring substances found in seaweed have been shown to help plants better cope with droughts.
Take Advantage of Your Lawn
Rather than cutting your lawn short (with your cordless lawn mower), let it grow in the hot weather by adjusting your lawnmower to the highest setting and resist the urge to rake away your trimmings. Leaving the blades long and cuttings in the garden offer some much-needed shade for your plants in the hot weather.
Grass trimmings left a few days before raking are also excellent additions to mulch, which also helps cool your plants by providing a barrier between the sun and soil as well as maintaining moisture.
Primp and Prune Away!
Our final tip for 5 ways to protect your garden in the hot weather is to ensure your garden is well-pruned during the summer months, so your plants don’t need to waste vital energy, water, and resources on feeding wilted flowers or leaves.