How to Protect Your Plants from the Summer Heat

Summer is the time for beaches, barbecues, and, of course, bountiful gardens. But let’s face it—the scorching heat can be tough on us and our leafy friends.

Fear not! We’re here to share some super cool tips to help your plants survive the hottest temperatures.

Watering Wisdom

So, you want to keep your plants alive and thriving during summer? First things first—water, water, and more water! But hold on, drenching your plants whenever you remember won’t do the trick. Timing is key! It can be tempting to water your plants when the sun is at its hottest; we’re trying to beat the heat, right? But in reality, the best time to water is early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is taking a break. This gives your plants a chance to drink up without the water evaporating instantly (and this way you’ll need to water less frequently, lowering your water bill!). Also, remember that deep watering is essential. Watering thoroughly encourages roots to grow deeper into the soil, leading to better plant growth and more drought resistance.

Mulch Magic

Now, let’s talk about mulch. Adding a layer of mulch around your plants does wonders. It keeps the soil cool and moist, reduces water evaporation, and even fights off those pesky weeds. Organic mulches like straw, bark chips, or even grass clippings also break down over time, adding nutrients back into the soil. It’s a win-win!

Shady Solutions

Lastly, let’s not underestimate the power of shade. Just like us, plants sometimes need a little break from the sun. Portable shade covers, like shade cloths or even umbrellas, can be lifesavers during peak sun hours. For your veggie garden, consider planting taller crops like corn or sunflowers to provide natural shade to smaller plants. And for potted pals, consider moving them to a shaded area during the hottest part of the day, or on days when the temperature is set to soar.

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