Summer is not far from us. Preparing for summer ahead of time can help your garden survive the summer. Your plants will face the challenges of the heat wave. In this blog, we offer summer planting tips to help your plants cope with the heat wave challenge.
Choose drought-tolerant plants
Planting the right plants can make your summer gardening easier. Drought-tolerant plants can survive the heat of summer and they don't need too much water. Here are six drought-tolerant plants for your backyard.
Aloe. Aloe vera is loved by many gardeners for its green and large juicy leaves. Many Aloe species are drought tolerant and they only need a small amount of water to survive.
Catnip. If you have a cat in your home, catnip must be the best drought-tolerant plant. Catnip can survive in dry summer conditions. This perennial plant can produce beautiful purple flowers and has ornamental value.
Lavender. Native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, lavender is a drought-tolerant plant that can grow in almost any soil. The most drought-tolerant lavender is Spanish lavender.
Rosemary. Rosemary is a drought-tolerant herb. This plant is particularly well adapted to desert climates and can grow in hot conditions and poor soils.
Portulacas. Portulacas is a drought-tolerant flowering plant that blooms in summer with bright flowers. Portulacas can thrive in arid environments. You only need to water purslane in small quantities in the form of a hose or drip irrigation.
Sedum. Sedum blooms in late summer and autumn and is a drought- and heat-tolerant plant.
There are hundreds of species of sedum plants, most of which are easy to care for. Do not water the sedum plants too much, they will die.
8 Summer planting tips about caring for plants
Protect your containers
Avoid heat damage to your potted plants, you should keep them together in a shady location, for example, a shady corner. To take better care of your plants, you can set up a walk-in greenhouse or a small greenhouse in the shade. This greenhouse provides the best summer shelter for your plants.
Learn how to water
Plants need a lot of water in the summer to survive. Even drought-tolerant plants need to be watered properly. Not all times of the day are suitable for watering, and tips can improve efficiency.
Water when it's cool. Don't water in the late afternoon, when the sun is at its strongest and half the water you water is likely to evaporate before it reaches the plant's roots. It's best to water early in the morning when it's the coolest time of the day.
Choosing the mulch
Your plants are growing in a garden bed, so to protect them from the heat, consider adding mulch. Mulch provides continuous nutrients to your plants and helps retain moisture.
(Quictent raised garden bed)
Plus, mulch suppresses weed growth. Because of these benefits, many gardeners often spread mulch over the top few inches of soil. Mulch also reduces the frequency of watering during the summer months. Straw, cedar, and vermiculite are all ideal organic mulches.
Create shade for plants
In the summer, one of the best ways to prevent sunburn on plants is to keep them in the shade. You can use shade cloths, umbrellas, or portable arbors to keep the sun out. If you want to quickly create shade for your plants, old sheets from your home work well too. And, greenhouse is also a great place for your plants in summer.
(shade for plants)
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Weed your garden often
When summer comes, you may not be in the garden as often to observe the plants because of the hot weather. Your negligence can allow weeds to take advantage of the situation. Weeds can quickly grow in the garden and affect plant growth. To overcome the discomfort caused by the heat, you should observe the garden regularly. Once you find weeds, you should uproot them. Don't let weeds compete with your plants for water and nutrients, especially during heat waves.
Use a drip irrigation system
Just spraying your plants frequently with a hose is not enough during the hot summer months. Spraying plants with water only allows the water to stay on the stems and leaves, and does not allow the plant roots to absorb the water.
Drip irrigation systems are more water-efficient and more effective than sprinklers. Drip irrigation systems allow the hose to deliver water directly to the plant roots. You can water less often, but be sure to water more deeply. Highly efficient deep water is more effective than frequent sprinkling.
Changing lawn care habits
During the summer months, you should water your lawn less often. Most lawns can adapt to the heat and dryness of summer. Don't be anxious if you notice your lawn is discolored; your lawn will turn green again when the temperature drops.
Reduce the number of times you mow your lawn. Taller grass keeps the soil from being exposed and reduces water loss. Mow when it's cooler, don't discard grass clippings and leave them on the lawn. These grass clippings will provide nutrients to your lawn and shade the soil.
Watch your new plants
If you're planting new plants in your garden before a heat wave, you should pay more attention to them. Heat waves or droughts can be a huge challenge for new plants. When planting, you should dig the holes as wide and deep as possible. Add a mixture of new soil and existing soil, which will create soft soil for the plants.
Water new plants frequently, preferably using a drip irrigation system. Allow water to be delivered to the soil roots and try to get the plants to root quickly to better cope with the challenges of the heat wave.
Note: If you have planting plans, do not plant your plants in the garden during the summer. You should postpone planting and continue in late summer or early fall.
High temperatures and drought can take their toll on plants and gardeners, and we wish you well through the summer. Please take care of yourself and your plants. We hope the above advice will help you.