Rising temperatures this summer can do serious damage your yard,
Destroying all your hard work.
But I have a few tips to protect your yard and plants from heat waves.
1. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
If your plant is in the direct sunlight, it is going to be at risk for dying and too much heat. However, mulch will preserve and save your plant. This is especially true if your mulch is reflective. Reflective mulch could be dried grass clippings. Plus, mulch helps you have less to do. Not to mention, it saves water and reduces evaporation. It can even help your plant grow. This means that you have to water your plants less and the roots on your plant are happier. Not to mention, you do not even have to spend a dime when using mulch. You can use alfalfa, newspaper, straw, seaweed, and so much more as mulch.
2. Water in the Early Morning
As humans, studies show drinking water first thing has many health benefits for us, so why not do the same for our plants? Heat waves will pull a lot of the moisture out of the soil. This will quickly dehydrate your plants, especially those who have shallow roots. If you water in the early morning, your plants have enough time to get hydrated before it becomes too hot. Watering in the morning also helps prevent heat stress. Heat stress is when your plants become sunburnt. Their leaves are not able to fight off the brightness of the sun. It is always a good idea to water a second time if you believe that one is not doing enough.
3. Row Covers and Shade Cloth
You can help protect your plants from heat stress by covering them from the direct sunlight. You can use either a shade cloth or row cover. Depending on what you have in your garden and what you need, you can decide which is best for you. You just need to make sure your plants can still breathe and have room to grow. If you are covering them too close, insects will not be able to help your plants thrive and heat can become trapped.
4. Let Established Plants be the Big Brother/Sister
If you do not want to use row covers or shade clothes, take advantage of your adult plants. You can plant your transplants underneath the stronger plants who have mature root systems. The oldest and youngest plants will be the ones that are going to take the hardest hit from the heatwave. Partial shading from another established plant will help your young transplant survive. You still need to make sure that the plant is getting a little sun as direct shade is not good for a transplant.
5. Plant a Little Deeper
If you are getting a later start on your garden than usual, simply plant your seeds a little deeper than normal. This is also true for those who have a warm climate all year. If you plant your seed even an inch deeper you can help protect it from the topsoil drying out. This helps keep the root systems happy and more hydrated as the heat approaches.
Everyone loves the first warm days of spring. As a gardener, this is your time and your moment. However, in the dead of summer with the heat beating down on you, you worry about your plants. You can help your plants with these few tips. Keep them happy, healthy, and safe. Keep in mind that you are also being exposed to this heat and the sun so protect yourself as well.
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Soak up the sun but be careful. Protect yourself and your plants during the nasty summer heatwaves.