Summer is great and the warm weather is fun but with those high temps there is the potential to have your plants be damaged. Here are some simple tips to help protect your plants.
Vegetables need a consistent water supply to stay productive. Common signs of heat stress in vegetables are sunburned foliage and fruits and wilting.
- Water regularly and thoroughly.
- Place mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss. Old grass clippings are an easy cheap source of mulch and will help keep those clippings from having more than one use.
- When possible shade plants during intense periods of heat.
- Many lawns go dormant turning brown during periods of drought. If you desire you can let go dormant. When rain, or consistent watering is resumed, your lawn should green up again.
- If you don’t want a brown lawn during dry stretches you can keep your lawn green by providing at least an inch of water, delivered slowly and steadily, per week. For best resulys provide lawn a slow short watering to let soil abosorb the water. The next day give it a long deep watering avoiding of 30 minutes or until water starts to runoff.
- Let your lawn grow a little longer. Definately avoid the short cuttings during intense heat. Lawns with a little more length take the heat better.
Trees and Shrubs
- Water two and four inches of water per week during very high temperatures (heat index above 100 degrees) and drought.
- Water slowly. It is tempting to turn the water on full blast and get it done but a slow watering will let the soil absorb water.
- Watering the roots is best but spray the leaves and foilage to help lower temps on the tree and shrub.