With summertime upon us and the impending arrival of dangerous heat in our area, we’ll focus in this article on how best to protect your plants.
As you know, our region is under strict water regulations. As we wrote in a previous blog entry, there are ways to conserve water that will enable you to save it for watering your plants.
If you can move your plants, try grouping them together based upon their water needs.
Any container plants you have are going to need more water than the others because of their shallow root systems. It’s a good idea to move your plants to a shady part of your yard or even bring them inside.
This is the first line of defense for your plants as mulch provides protection from hot weather and windy conditions.
The type of mulch you use is important as well. In a heat wave, light-colored mulch will do a better job of reflecting sunlight.
The one thing you want to avoid is surrounding your plants with any form of stone, which will actually absorb the heat and release it long after the sun sets.
Giving even partial shade to your garden can decrease temperatures by 10 degrees. You can do this by covering your plants with old sheets, sheer curtains or even latticework that is supported by a frame.
The catch is making sure whatever cover you choose is high enough over the plants so that ventilation will not be interrupted.
Because the root systems of most weeds are far more strong than those of your plants and garden vegetables, they can actually muscle their way to water that’s in the soil.
Fruit that’s ripe actually demands a lot of water from your plants. To give them a break, be sure to harvest the fruit ASAP – even if they’re damaged.
It’s a fact that taller grass will cast longer shadows. While the minimum depth for shade benefit from your grass is 3 inches, some people like to set their mowers at 6 inches during heat waves.
We have well over 25 years of experience in helping people maintain their gardens, plants and landscaping. While we’re happy with that amount of experience, we’re definitely not content. Our team stays at the cutting edge of new technology and ideas by constant training and seminars.
If you have questions about maintaining or designing your garden and landscape, call us here at Juniper Landscape Company – our number is 619-334-9464.