We all love to get out in our gardens once the sun is out. If it’s very hot and dry, our plants will soon suffer. Here are a few tips to keep your garden in pristine condition.
Rather than watering every day, it is much better to give your plants a thorough watering once a week. An inch of water a week is ideal. It is also a good idea to avoid midday watering, the morning is most beneficial. You may want to check out our article on watering.
Give extra care to containers
Annuals or perennials in pots or window boxes may need a deep soaking of water every day. If possible you may want to move them out of the sun.
Look after new trees and shrubs
Any plants in the garden less than two years old will need extra water.
A protective layer of hardwood mulch is ideal to help keep your plants cool, it also helps to prevent weeds in your garden.
Your grass may turn brown when it is exposed to high temps for great lengths of time, but try not to worry; it should go green again when the rain comes and the temperature drops. It is also a good idea to allow your grass to be taller in the summer as the longer blades will help the soil retain moisture by shielding it from the sun.
Enjoy the harvest
Most of your fruit and veg should flourish in this weather, as long as you keep it well watered. However, it is important to remember to pay particular attention to the cool weather greens, such as lettuces and broccoli, as they will be struggling in the heat.
Weeds will steal precious nutrients and moisture from your plants and also attract pest and diseases so it is important to get rid of them as soon as you can.
Remember to look after yourself
Remember you need hydrating just like your plants, so ensure you drink lots of water in this heat and it’s a good idea to refrain from gardening in the midday heat, do your gardening first thing or in the evening when the temperature has dropped.