Caring for your plant in extreme heat
When the summer time hits, your plants need extra care. The heat, beating sun, and pests all converge to create the perfect atmosphere for a wilted and sick plant. When the heat hits, you can be prepared with just a few extra steps.
- Water, Water, Water!
Ensuring you plant has access to enough water is one of the most important things you can do to give it a fighting chance in the summer. Make sure your soil is moist, not soaking wet, at all times. A plant that gets too much water can be in just as much danger as one that doesn’t get enough, so be very watchful of its signs. If you start to notice any leaves turning yellow or the plant looks wilted (but the soil is wet), it may be time to cut back a little.
- Shade (if possible)
Just like us, plants can get tired from being in the hot sun all day. If your plant is in a pot, try to move it into a partially shaded location. Filtered light is best during a time of extreme heat. You can still shade a plant that is permanently planted in the ground by hanging some cloth to create the filtered light you need. Providing shade can be a great help to your weary plant, but it is important to note that young plants or trees that have been in the ground for less than 1 year are the most susceptible to complications from the heat, and should be protected most.
Adding a barrier of mulch around the base of your tree or shrub will protect the root system all year long. In the winter it provides an extra layer of insulation that will help the plant stay warm and dry. In the summer, it helps keep the root system cool and moist. When mulching around the base of a tree, make sure to leave a 1-2 inch gap between the trunk and the mulch to allow for oxygen to reach the plant.
With a little bit of TLC and preparation you can have a thriving plant, even in the heat of the summer. Your tree will thank you!
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