Even though some of the sun-loving plants such as cacti and succulents can withstand the high temperatures, others do not thrive so well in the summer heat. Not to worry though, because there are plenty of tips you can implement before and during the hot weather to ensure your plants survive the heat. Read on to know more on how to take care of your garden from extreme heat.
Grass clippings, old leaves, and bark chips are all suitable for realizing moisture retention in soil. Mulch can also be used to create shade to keep soil cooler and offers protection to the soil so that wind does not dry out the soil. For the best results, apply a three-inch layer of mulch prepared using biodegradable materials as these decay after a while and feed the soil. Make sure you apply mulch away from the tree trunks and plant stems to remove tree fungus. If you apply too close, you may introduce additional problems such as foot rot and fungus.
Water early and deeply
You must water garden plants deeply, and this should ideally be done early in the morning when temperatures are low and the rates of transpiration are low. You probably need to water the potted plants several times in the day, especially when there’s a heat wave. Early evening is yet another suitable time to water plants. Also, note that the plants and trees near the irrigated gardens will need more regular watering considering they are at a higher risk of spoiling and have shallow roots. The established trees, on the other hand, will need deep watering at least three times each week and more when it gets too hot. For deep watering, drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses work superbly because they lessen the amount of water run-off.
Prune the plants for health and beauty
Summertime presents you with the best opportunity to prune your plants. It is worth noting that pruning requires different techniques, depending on the type of foliage. For instance, fruit trees may require more regular pruning to keep the fruit and branches as low as possible to the ground during the plant’s life cycle. When it comes to pruning Australian native plants and bush based hedging, specialized pruning methods are recommended to ensure they grow properly even in the soaring summer temperatures. When considering sustainable practices that ensure plant growth and survival, proper garden maintenance during the Australian summer becomes a key component and smartest gardeners often research the ideal time to do their pruning. For example, many may resort to pruning camellias and azaleas in January and roses get pruned in February.
Use shade cloth
Consider using shade cloth in your vegetable gardens, particularly when it gets too hot and dry for the plants to thrive. The shade comes in handy from offering the plant protection from the intense heat of the sun. However, you need to be sure you are using the right percentage of shade in a given area.
The tips we present above are helpful when you need to care for your garden and ensure plants survive the Australian summers. As you gather experience regarding the most effective ways to ensure better growth of your garden plants, continue learning through observation and research on how you can get the most out of your land even in hot weather as well.