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5 Ways to Care For your Garden in the Heat

Sunday, July 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Connecticut is seeing some terrible heat this weekend! Heat indexes have hit more than 100 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. Your garden is probably feeling stressed from the hot air and harsh sunlight too. There are certain ways to provide your garden with some extra TLC during the heat. Thankfully they are easy to do and don't require too much effort on your part. Here are 5 ways to care for your garden in the heat. Always remember to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and wear a hat when gardening or doing yard work in the heat.


1. Apply a layer a mulch in the flower beds. Mulch will insulate the plant's roots so water does not evaporate as fast. It can also prevent weeds from growing which will sap vital nutrients from your plants. Mulch will also keep the soil cool. 


2. Watering should be done in the early morning when the heat indexes are low. You can also water in the early evening because the sun will be down. Whenever you do decide to water, be sure to do it deeply. Outdoor potted plants may require to be watered twice per day. Trees can be watered 2 to 3 times per week when there is excessive hot weather.


3. Weed your garden during the summer. During the summer you don't want your plants competing with weeds and other vegetation for moisture and nutrients. Just be sure to keep the exposed soil moist. 


4. A simple yet effective way to keep the garden healthy this summer is to monitor the weather. Watch extended forecasts so you can properly prepare your garden. Having a day's notice will give you a chance to water and mulch ahead of the heat wave.


5. If you have a vegetable garden, consider investing in an umbrella. It can be put up when the heat and sunlight get too bad. Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers may hold back from flowering. Place the umbrella over them if you know the heat is going to get extreme that day. 




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