Caring for the Summer Garden By Bhuvaneshwari
A sudden spell of very hot, very dry summer weather can spark a sense of panic as our borders become a dusty, crumbly dessert and leaves begin to wilt. Naturally, we reach for the hose- but slow down, because simply drenching our borders, while making we feel a lot better, may not be what’s best for our plants.
Shade Netting for Plants
This is the most obvious and perhaps the easiest thing to do. Shade cloth is easily available commercially, and it will do the job for us. Also, if we would rather make the cloth at home, then we just need to take a fish net and weave strips of cloth through it. Then place it on the plants.
Overwater in hot weather
Hot weather means our plants will need more water, but it’s still possible to overfeed them. Allowing the roots to sit in stagnant, standing water is always unhealthy, and will allow rot to set in. Take care to monitor our water use, as we can still give them too much, especially if it’s at the wrong time of day.
Avoid re-pot during a heatwave
Likewise, we shouldn’t choose a 100+ degree day as the perfect moment to re-pot that root-bound any other plant for that matter. Leaves always get damaged during re-potting and in fact, proper re-potting often involves trimming away a lot of the root mass. Re-potting will cause our plant to get a bit stressed even though it’s important to plant maintenance in the long run and this added stress could cause it to fail during the heat.
Timing is everything
Water within the morning, in order that it’s time to soak up before it evaporates, without risking an excessive amount of moisture remaining by nightfall. Leaving a wet lawn or border to soak overnight will allow rot, disease, and fungus to urge an edge. Root rot can seriously harm the health of our plants, and leaves our lawn looking withered and patchy.
Avoid fertilize during a heatwave
Though fertilizer is friends of the plants, especially during summer, a stressed plant should never be fertilized until it recovers. When our plant is in summer survival mode, it’s not looking for extra nutrients and isn’t prepared to make use of them. Introducing these into the soil will risk further stressing our plant. Wait until it cools down a bit for our next feeding!
Water is the key requirement at the heart of all of a plant’s biology. Plants, like humans, are mostly water, and, just as with humans, keeping cells hydrated is key to maintaining the health & development of plants. Deeper watering encourages strong & deep root growth because the plants adapt to collecting moisture from further below the world. This sets up our plants for better growth & improved hardiness for the rest of the year-round.