There’s no denying that summer is a beautiful time of year. The sun is shining, the trees and plants are in bloom and everything is just so green. Although it’s a lovely time, summer surely presents its share of issues for gardeners. During the hottest time of year, plants run the risk of drying out and dying. Plus, this time of year is an opportune time for bugs and wildlife to interfere with your greenery. We’ve provided some tips to help keep your plants and garden alive and thriving during this dry time:
Keep Your Soil Moist
One garden hack that might come in handy in keeping your plants healthy involves covering soil with mulch right after you’re finished watering the plants. After feeding the plants, the dry summer air might cause some of the water to evaporate, keeping your flora from getting the moisture it needs. Covering this area with mulch after watering provides a moisture barrier of sorts. If that isn’t enough to win you over, mulch is also proven to prevent the growth of weeds!
Plan Your Watering Time Accordingly
Whether you work full time or have an otherwise busy schedule this summer, you might not have too much flexibility in timing when you water your plants. You go out to your garden when you get a chance. However, certain times of the day are better for watering than others. During the hottest hour, usually in the early afternoon, water will be more likely to evaporate than it would otherwise. We suggest that you water your garden either early in the morning or in the evening when it’s starting to get dark. At these cooler times of day, the water will be more likely to reach all the way from the soil to the roots, keeping your plants in better shape.
Put the “Green” in Greenery
When you’re shopping around for products to keep your garden thriving, such as pesticides, opt for an eco-friendly alternative. When you use materials with a lot of chemicals, you could be harming animals that walk through your yard or in the woods behind your home. The chemicals will be carried through the air from the wind, meaning animals can ingest these airborne materials. Even if it costs a few extra dollars to buy the eco-friendly materials, it’s worth it to keep the wildlife in your neighborhood healthy this summer.
Grow Your Vegetable Garden
There’s nothing tastier than some fresh greens picked right from your garden. If you’re new to growing produce, this summer might be the time to start. Make sure you give the plants enough room to grow, situate your garden in a sunny part of your yard and create some sort of barrier or obstacle to keep pesky critters from eating your crops. Some of the best fruits and vegetables to grow in the summer include:
- Sweet potatoes
Bring the Blooms Inside
Whether you’ve got incredible hydrangeas or breathtaking rose bushes, you can snip off a few buds to place in a vase inside. If you’d rather keep your flower bushes intact, you can bring the beauty of your garden inside by ordering some fresh flowers. Our handmade arrangements will bring energy to the inside of your home, while your garden adds life to your outdoor area.