Just like us, plants can get quite uncomfortable during the hot days of summer. Your trees can become too dry or dehydrated, and may also become weak and prone to illness. Because of the different weather and high temperature, they may need a certain kind of care in order to remain healthy. Here are a few things you can do during summer for the maintenance of your trees and garden even when the conditions get harsh.
Summer is a great time to have your trees checked by a professional.
Take advantage of the dry season to call in professional tree services to check the overall health of your trees and property. A certified arborist can identify the specific needs of your garden and suggest treatments, techniques, or procedures that are fit for your plants. They will help you with any problems that are present and give advice on how you can specifically care for your garden and trees from summer up to all year round.
Water your plants regularly.
It is best to water your plants twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening or just before dawn. This gives your plants the time to absorb water before it evaporates under the high heat of the sun. Delicate plants like small shrubs and those with flowers may significantly benefit from misting.
Keep your soil healthy.
Mulching is one of the widely-used techniques to keep trees and other plants moist during hot summer days. Organic mulches like wood chips, leaves, and bark do not only retain water and moisture but also add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. You can use a watering spike to help water get through to the roots even if there is a layer of mulch in your soil.
Group your plants according to water needs so that watering would be easier.
Frequent watering under the hot sun is a strenuous task for you, but you can make it easier if you group plants with high water needs together and the ones with less water needs in another group. This way, you can easily keep track of the amount of water you provide your plants and have no difficulty in making sure that they have enough. Plants with the same needs, when grouped together, also tend to make a small ecosystem that protects its members instead of being in competition over water and nutrients.
Move potted plants to shady areas if possible.
If you have a covered area, move your potted plants to these areas where they will have more protection against the scorching rays of the sun. You may also consider moving your plants and even transplanting trees, such as palms, if really needed.
Care for your lawn by providing sufficient water.
If the grass in your garden or backyard gets too dry during the summer, it may be the right time to invest on a good water sprinkler that will provide water longer but slower, as it is more efficient. Lawns are difficult to maintain when it gets really hot, and they will just grow back once the weather becomes better. The use of soil wetting agents can save them, as well as the use of some fertilisers, just make sure it is a weak liquid based solution and not the chemical pellet type. When you mow you lawn, keep it longer to provide shade for your grass.
Choose plants that are fit for your environment and climate.
The summer heat can dry out some plants no matter how much care you give them, until they can no longer survive the harsh weather. This would be the perfect time to replace them with plants that have the exact needs that your home environment and climate can provide. You can donate your plants to botanical gardens or areas with a cooler temperature where they have a higher chance to live. Remember that plants naturally grow and there are really just some things that we cannot provide for them.
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Plants have different needs and there are various ways to care for them. Look out for signs that your garden is unhealthy, and do not think twice to call for professional advice and seek for tree management services when needed.