How Do I Take Care Of My Plants In The Summer Heat?

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How Do I Take Care Of My Plants In The Summer Heat? | The Experienced Gardener

It’s finally summer, and that means you should be spending as much time outside as possible. The sun is out for much longer, so you have tons of time to get into all the outdoor activities that you love, including sports, tanning at the beach or barbequing with friends. Another activity that is much more pleasant in the the summer is gardening. 

Gardening gives you an excuse to get outside, soak up some sun and feel the breeze while you work on a project with practical use. In order to keep you on track with all the amazing plants and flowers you’re growing this year, we’ve put together a list of 4 things you’ll need to do while you’re outside in your gardening hat, enjoying the summer heat.

Check Your Plants For Signs Of Disease

Both trees and plants can catch diseases, so you’ll need to be careful to to check for signs to catch any issues as early on as possible. Summer is a time in which you need to be particularly cautious, since summer breezes help fungal spores travel through the air and infect trees and plants. Make sure you’re checking leaves and branches for signs of disease whenever possible.

Keep Pests Away From Your Plants

There are a lot of products on the market to help keep bugs out of your garden. You might not even know where to begin when it comes to choosing the product that’s right for your plants. Some products might even be damaging to your garden if you’re not careful. Fortunately, there are natural ways to fight pests in your yard, so do your research before you head out to the store. If you’re dealing with an infestation, ask a local landscaper to help you, since they have tricks and tools that you might not be aware of.

Water Your Garden Early In The Morning

One of our favorite summer gardening tips is watering the plants early in the morning, before the sun is at its hottest. We love watering our plants early on, even as soon as we wake up because it’s such an easy chore, and gets the day started in a nice way. However, this isn’t the only reason we do it. During the summer, since the sun is so hot, it can actually sometimes evaporate water that you’ve sprayed on your plants before they even get the chance to soak it all up. Spraying them early allows your plants to absorb as much water as possible before the sun comes out.

Be Careful About How Much Water You’re Using

Since it’s been getting hotter, you might be tempted to give your plants a lot more water than you usually do. This might be necessary if you live in a very hot area. However, it’s not always needed. It’s important to figure out the right amount of increase your plants need, since too much water can actually cause them to drown. Again, if you aren’t sure how much they need, you can always have a landscaper come over and give you some advice about each of your plants.

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens