Holiday-Proof Your Garden: Prepare For HeatwaveJuly 1, 2019
Last modified: July 1, 2019Hot weather can spell danger not only for us human and animals but also for the living plants. Here are the tips to holiday-proof your garden this summer!
The temperature is getting hot, and the scorching summer season is fast approaching! Warm weather can spell danger not only for us human and animals but also for the living plants.
Our garden experts started to carry out some actions by warning the green-fingered Brits to deadhead their plants and group pots together before they get away this summer. Your treasured plants could die due to dehydration if they’re left on a significant period.
Just think about the hours you’ve spent in your garden pruning and preening. All of your hard work will put to waste if you’ll come back from your well-earned break with your garden welcoming you with knee-high grass and dried or worse dead plants.
So, if you’re one of the people who’ll be off on holiday over the long hot summer, make sure to holiday-proof your garden. Unless you have someone to mind your garden while you’re away, then you don’t have to think about your plants.
If you’re looking for ways to holiday-proof your garden and prepare your plants from the heatwave, then look no further. We’ve prepared several steps you can apply to minimise the damage on your garden this summertime while you’re on leisure.
7 Ways to Holiday-Proof Your Garden
Holiday-proofing your garden and preparing it for the heatwave this summertime is like prepping yourself for the beach. For you to be able to withstand the hot weather, a sunscreen application is a must to protect your skin.
On a similar note, splattering your plants with a dousing of water is a must to keep them hydrated under the blazing sun. To enjoy your holiday without worrying about your garden, here are the tips you can work out to reduce and eventually to save it from the damage.
A week before you get away, make sure to check your garden if there are any faded or dead flowers and remove them right away to encourage further blooming. In this way, it will force your plants to concentrate their energy on new growth, resulting in fresh bloom flowers when you get home.
If you are just on the process of acquiring flowering plants for your garden, meanwhile, you should opt for the fastest growing flower seeds.
It is essential to give your lawn a light cut the day before you leave your house for vacation. Not only this will give your garden a complete neat look, but also it will keep your lawn healthy.
However, don’t be tempted to cut them too low or take a risk to scalp the grass if you don’t want to leave them susceptible to scorching from the harsh sun.
Check your garden around and if you happen to see any weeds pull them up the day before you leave. You can spray weeds on paths, patios, and driveways with a store-bought weed killer, or a homemade solution.
Though most weeds we see in the garden are fairly common, you still need to beware of the UK’s most invasive plant that can destroy land and properties.
Mulch is organic for your plants. It keeps the moisture of your soil, improve the fertility and health of your soil, and it reduces weed growth. So, if you want the borders and containers of your plants be able to retain more water or rainfall while you’re away, put a protective layer of mulch on the top of the soil.
5. Group Potted Plants Together
Grouping potted pots and containers together will further reduce water loss by creating localised humidity. It will make the leaves of neighbouring plants both emit and trap the water vapour.
If possible, you can place your plants in a position where they can be protected from the sun during most of the day and at the same time a place where they can still receive rain.
6. Use Plant Saucer
What’s good about a plant saucer is it can collect excess debris while preserving the surface of your plant. One of the things you can do to holiday-proof your garden is to put your plants onto terracotta saucers.
Make sure to sprinkle them with water in the base so your plants can draw up from it if it needs to.
Last on the list is the most important of them all—watering your plants. By doing this, ensure that you’re doing the following before you leave:
- Water less often, but thoroughly
- Make sure the water reaches the roots
Tip: If you have no idea when is the best time to water your plants, you can water them in the early morning. This technique allows the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of your plants without excess water lost to evaporation.