The gorgeous summer sun draws us outside to enjoy the warmth of its rays, making it easy to spend every day outside in the garden. However, as much as we love the sun, our gardens feel a bit differently; they require some additional care to stay thriving through the scorching heat.
Keep your garden flourishing throughout the summer with a few helpful tips!
Watch for Weeds
Pests and diseases also tend to pop up with weeds. Stay on top of pulling weeds this summer and try to get them during their early stages to stop them from producing seeds.
Prepare Your Potted plants
Unique potted plants add beauty to our gardens, but they overheat easily during the summer months. So, it’s essential to give them the extra preparation they need to stay stable. Try to position these plants away from direct sunlight and lightly mulch those that stay in the sun to shield their soil. Stand the plants in saucers filed with moist sand to keep roots cool. If your plants become dried out, soak them in water to re-moisturize and revitalize.
Watering is Extremely Important
Thirsty plants during a dry summer require water to remain healthy and stay beautiful. Most garden plants need an average of 1 inch of water a week applied all at one time. Water the ground around the roots rather than directly on a plant’s foliage to avoid disease from water sitting on the leaves.
Summer is also a great time to check your water hoses and irrigation systems for leaks or blocks. If you use a rainwater tank, clear debris from gutters to ensure smooth water flow.
- Assess your soil – On average, flowers require 1 inch of water each week, including rainfall, in order to thrive. Observe your soil and take note of how fast it drains. If it drains quickly, a half-inch of water twice a week should do the trick!
- Early morning is best – The best time to water flowers is in the morning between 6-10 am. A morning watering will allow enough time for your plants to soak in and get hydrated, since later in the day, the sun could cause evaporation.
- Consider using clay soils – Clay soil holds onto water longer, meaning your garden will stay moist longer. An inch of water may even keep the soil moist for up to two weeks. However, you should still observe the garden often to ensure that it’s not thirsty!
- Utilize an automatic sprinkler system – Sprinklers rain gentle water onto your plants and is ideal for nourishing new growth. They can also keep the garden evenly moist and help you maintain consistent watering schedule. A sprinkler system can prolong the life of your garden greatly, proving it to be a worthy investment.
Suburban Lawn Sprinkler Co. installs and maintains lawn sprinkler systems in order to keep your lawn green and growing throughout the arid summer months. Our lawn sprinkler systems and automated sprinklers are an ideal choice for ensuring a rich, healthy and lush lawn and garden. Give us a call at 508-872-2727 to learn more about our lawn sprinkler collection!