As Mainers, we love our summers. The warm temperatures and sunny days are a welcome relief after a long, cold winter. That being said, this year’s heat wave has been one for the record books!
With temperatures in the 90s, it’s been a challenge to stay cool. If you’ve taken a look outside, you’ll notice that your landscaping is probably suffering as well. Fortunately, there are a few key things you can do to help your garden survive a heat wave.
Here’s 6 Ways to Protect Your Garden and Lawn During a Heat Wave
Water Early in the Day
Early watering is one of the best things you can do for your landscaping. This gives the plants and lawn enough time to absorb the water before it evaporates as the heat of the day sets in.
Note: Before watering, be sure to check for any water regulations in your area to avoid fines.
Mulch Your Gardens
Mulching your plants is an integral part of protecting them from the heat. Mulch helps retain moisture and keeps the roots of your plants cooler.
If you don’t have mulch, you can also use other materials like straw, wood chips, old trimmings, or leaves. Spread your mulch a few inches thick around the base of your plants to create a barrier against the heat. Avoid piling it on too thick, as this can suffocate the roots.
Water Your Plants Strategically
Extreme heat can impair your plants’ ability to absorb water, so be sure to give them a deep watering at the base rather than just spraying them lightly.
If you have certain plants that are more heat-sensitive, be sure to water them more frequently than others. This will help them withstand the high temperatures and ensure they stay healthy.
Avoid Causing Your Plants Stress
While you may be tempted to trim your plants during a heat wave, it’s best to wait until the cooler temperatures return. Pruning can cause stress to your plants, which can make them more susceptible to heat damage.
Cutting your grass during a heat wave will also cause it stress and increase the chances of it burning.
Give Your Heat-Sensitive Plants Some Shade
Providing your plants with shade can be as simple as creating a makeshift canopy a few feet above them with some old sheets or burlap. Just be sure that your shade prop allows for plenty of air circulation to prevent your plants from getting too humid. You can also move potted plants indoors or into a shady spot beneath a tree or covered patio.
Install an Irrigation System
If you don’t already have one, installing an irrigation system is one of the best things you can do to protect your landscaping during a heat wave. An irrigation system will help ensure your landscaping gets the water it needs, at the best possible time, even when you can’t be there to do it yourself. It’s easily the best way to maintain your beautiful landscaping year after year.
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Beat The Heat!
While a heat wave can be tough on your landscaping, following these tips will help ensure your plants and lawn survive the hot temperatures. With a bit of extra care, your landscaping will return to its beautiful self in no time.
Looking for more landscaping tips? Check out our blog for more helpful articles. From all of us here at Davis Landscape Company, stay cool and enjoy the rest of your summer!