While the summer weather is a nice reprieve from winter’s cold temperatures, it’s intense heat waves can become overwhelming for gardeners.
This increasing heat can have an intense effect on both the gardeners the gardens themselves, causing people to retreat inside and plants to dry out and die.
Thankfully, there are some gardening tips for the summer heat that can help to make tending to your plants through the summer easier, leaving you with a healthy garden.
GARDENING TIPS FOR THE SUMMER HEAT
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ADD IN SOME SHADE
Even the plants that thrive in the sun and the heat can use a break sometimes.
Make sure that you add some shade whenever possible to ensure that your gardens remain protected.
Window boxes and containers have the ability to be moved into the shade if it gets too hot.
If you can’t move your plants, grab some shade cloth at a garden store and cover them whenever possible.
FIND PLANTS THAT HANDLE HEAT WELL
The best way to ensure that your garden remains healthy in the heat is to make sure that the items you plant can handle high temperatures.
Before you commit to planting them in your garden, check to see if they are hardy to your climate.
There are several tropical plants out there that are well known for their ability to handle lots of sunshine and intense temperatures.
The summer sun dries out soil rather quickly which means you are going to want to keep your gardens watered.
Keep in mind though, that over watering can also be extremely detrimental to your plants.
It is important to find a balance.
You will want to ensure that you are watering your garden in the morning to allow the soil the chance to soak up the moisture before the sun is at it’s hottest.
It is important that you weed your garden frequently.
In fact, it is a good idea to pull the weeds as soon as you see them emerge.
This is because if you wait too long, more will sprout, and they will be more difficult to remove. Plus you will have to spend longer outside in the sun attempting to get them out.
Another great gardening tip for the summer heat is to use a natural mulch which helps deter the weeds and also helps the temperature of the soil which means less water needed.
It is important to keep in mind that the summer heat isn’t just detrimental to your plants. It can also be bad for you as well.
Get your gardening done in the mornings or evenings when the temperatures have a dropped a little.
If you must go out in the heat to garden during the day, make sure to be hydrated, apply sunscreen and wear a hat.
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