What do we call the most humid, hottest days of summer?
Dog Days…and they have arrived! Not only are we suffering in this heat, but so is our home’s landscaping. Trees, plants, and your flowers can be damaged from extreme weather conditions. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure the safety of your landscaping:
- Mulch: two to three inches thick of mulch around your plants and flowers is recommended, as it helps protect the soil from too much sun exposure and retains more water (which means you can water less frequently).
- Water: it is best to water your vegetation early in the morning before the sun is hot and when there is less wind. If another watering is needed, do it later in the day. Keep in mind that much of your water can be lost to wind and evaporation in the heat of the day and watering at night invites mildew and fungus. Here’s a watering rule of thumb: water deep, not often. Water should reach 8 to 12 inches down creating a well of water for plants and trees to draw upon in high heat.
- Shade Cloth: available at garden centers, shade cloth gives partial and temporary protection from the sun for garden plants and flowers.
- Transplants: transplants are affected the most during a heat wave, so be sure to place them in partial shade (next to taller more mature plants). Waiting until after the last heat wave is the best option to ensure their life span.
- Fertilize: do NOT fertilize in the middle of a heat wave. The ingredients in fertilizers will quickly burn your plants.