The summer heat can be grueling for everyone, but your plants don’t have any means to escape it. (There’s a reason the Sahara Desert is lacking rose bushes and sunflowers.) But your plants don’t have to suffer through the rest of the summer. Here are a few tips to keep the dryness at bay and your plants happy and healthy.
It may seem like common sense, but it’s pretty easy to forget about your garden when there are so many other things going on in life. Always remember to water your plants. Correct watering technique stems from coating the soil in water at a slow enough pace near the root zone. You don’t want water running out of your plant pot or failing to soaking through the dirt. It’s just as bad to drown a plant as it is to starve one out, but it’s hard to drown a plant if you take your time.
Mulch can hold in a lot of moisture that would otherwise be lost in harsh summers. It’s really important to regularly water your plants, but it’s just as important to have them planted in a base that will hold in that moisture they need so they don’t dry out. Laying down a layer of mulch over your dirt can make all the difference.
Shade cloth is an inexpensive way to minimize the amount of heat taken in from direct sunlight while still allowing your plants to benefit from photosynthesis. The shade cloth is pretty easy to install — drive in the stakes so they’re surrounding your garden or plant pots and drape the shade cloth over it. This still allows the plants to get all the sun nutrients and water.