The needs of your garden change depending on the time of the year. As we head into the hotter months there are a few tips that can help you maximize the health of your garden. If you pay attention to the sunlight in your garden, be careful not to over or under water, and stick with plants that are native to your area you will have a great chance of maintaining a healthy garden all summer long.
Pay attention to sunlight patterns
Ask any elementary aged kid what plants need to live and they will likely tell you sunshine and water. While this statement is true, every gardener knows that helping your plants thrive is a little more complicated than putting them in the sun and watering them each day. The type and amount of sunlight your garden gets is an important element to consider when you start working on your garden. Too much sunlight and your plants may cook in the heat that comes with the hotter month. Too little sunlight and your plants will not get the nutrition they need to survive. You must consider the sunlight patterns in your garden when you make plant choices. You can do this by looking at the light in your garden during different times of day. Does your garden get morning or afternoon sun? Is it shaded by your home or trees for a significant portion of the day? Is it out in the open with no protection from the heat or sun? Once you have answered these types of questions you can look for plants that will thrive in the amount of light in your garden. The good news is that you can find plants for all types of sunlight levels.
More water is not always better
Water is an important element to keeping the plants in your garden alive. And, in the hotter months of the summer, it can be tempting to try and protect against the excessive heat with more frequent watering. This is a possible solution but you should not assume that more water is always better. Overwatering your lawn and garden can actually make it more susceptible to disease. The best way to make sure your garden is getting the water it needs is to keep an eye on your plants. Do they start looking drooping in the afternoon? Are the leaves starting to brown or look dried out? Have you noticed rot on any of your plants? If you notice these types of issues then you should consider adjusting your watering time or frequency. The key to giving your garden the appropriate amount of water is to learn to identify the signs that it needs more or less water.
Native is easiest
When it comes to finding plants that will thrive in your garden-even in the hotter months-your best option is to choose native plants. Plants that are native to your area will be the most likely to thrive in the weather and soil conditions of your area. Ultimately, they will require less water and less care than non-native plants.
You can maintain a healthy garden all the way through the hot months of the year. Keep these tips in mind as you continue to learn about what works best in your lawn and garden. If you need additional help in any area of your lawn and garden care, you always have the option of bringing in professional help.