How to Prepare Your Garden for a HeatwaveJuly 5, 2019
Last modified: October 15, 2019The same amount of preparation exerted before winter should also be applied this season. Prepare your garden for a heatwave with these tips.
It was a beautiful summer across the UK last year, but the heat was harsh to the gardens. If we learn from our mistakes made in the previous year, we will be more ready to prepare our yard for a heatwave.
9 Tips in Preparing Your Garden for a Heatwave
The same amount of preparation exerted to save a garden before winter should also be applied when summer is about to kick in. Thus, garden experts want you to execute these pieces of advice to get your garden going even during the scorching heat of the sun.
By prioritising these things, you will be able to prepare your garden for a heatwave and make it summer-ready.
1. Look After Your Soil
To keep your garden soil in top condition, you must do proper watering, fertilisation, and weeding. However, if your soil is already in top condition, you don’t have to worry about giving it a lot of watering.
Adding natural fertiliser to the soil will improve your plants’ structure and retain their moisture. You could use natural fertilisers such as mushroom compost, worm castings, and hen manure.
You should also pull out the weeds to make sure that the watering helps your plants grow—not the weeds that surround them.
2. Put Mulch on Flower Beds
Mulching is meant for sunny days, and it’s an essential part of preparing your garden for a heatwave. Apply mulch on your grounded or hanging plants to lock the moisture of the soil and lessen the evaporation of the water given to them. This could also aid in preventing weed growth and in reducing soil erosion from your garden beds.
3. Water at the Right Time
Do regular watering of plants before the heatwave spells, as it will prevent water deficit when the heatwave finally does come.
Anytime during summer, do the watering early in the morning before the sunrise. This way, the roots have already absorbed most of the water even before it evaporates from the heat.
Avoid watering your plants in the evening when the sun has already set because this could result in fungal diseases for your plants.
4. Plant Drought-Resistant Plants
Do some research on what plants need less water if you have a concern about saving water. Some plants do not need regular watering, so you could enjoy your summer vacation without minding your garden looking dull with dried plants.
5. Invest in a Water Butt
Switch or upgrade your drainpipe with a water butt. A water butt could help you in saving water from rainfall. With this, you will be able to have plenty of collected water for your garden during the warmer months.
6. Use Greywater
The water you use in the shower and washing up can be used to your plants. However, avoid recycling water that has bleach, string cleaners, and disinfectant for watering your plants.
7. Use a Watering Can
The use of a watering can is one of the means for you to save water and prepare your garden for a heatwave. Though, if you prefer using a hose, attach a trigger to be able to control the flow of the water.
8. Be Selective
Plants differ in the amount of water they need. For example, fruits and vegetables are more worth of regular watering because you could use them in the kitchen.
It is also vital to prioritise containers, new plants, and hanging baskets.
Grass, on the other hand, can be rigid that even if it turns brown since it only needs time to grow green and bright again.
9. Use Water Retaining Crystals
Water retaining crystals are like a sponge that could suck the water, and when they are drying, they slowly release the water into the soil. These crystals are worth investing in as they retain water in the plant containers. Therefore, you don’t need to water as often as you should.
Don’t let your plants suffer this summer! Get your garden summer-ready with these tips.