• Sandi Manna

Baby it's hot out there! Here are some tips to help your landscape cope with summer stress.

Summer is baking the shoreline with extremely hot temps and the forecast doesn't show any relief any time soon.

Earlier in the year you were out in your landscape, and you were charmed by the sweet spring air. You enjoyed the feel of the warm sun after the long, grey winter. You forgot that the warm sun would soon turn blistering hot, and the humidity would become so unbearable that just being outside, let alone being in the garden, would prevent reasonable breathing. As the mercury climbs higher, your tomatoes start to wilt along with your resolve to get out and care for your landscape.

Don't give up on your garden just yet! We have some tips to help you and your garden survive the oppressive heat of summer.

Water: Sounds like a no-brainer, right? But it's when, and how you water, that will make the biggest difference. Water early in the morning. The ideal time to water is when the dew is still on the ground. Because the plants are naturally wet with the dew, you'll help prevent diseases like powdery mildew that thrive in high humidity. In the morning, it's still cool - ok, reasonable cool - so the water won't evaporate as quickly. Watering during the heat of the day can be stressful to your plants and can also cause burning of the leaves. Those water droplets can act like mini magnifying glasses in the mid day sun and actually leave scorch marks on the leaves of your plants.

Water deeply: Spend some time allowing the water to be absorbed by your plants, and then water deeply again. By watering deeply and less frequently (2 - 3 times a week vs every day) you not only save yourself from being out as frequently in the heat, you'll teach your plants to grow deep roots where there's more moisture, so if you can't get out there, your plants won't wilt as easily.

Mulch: 2 - 3 inches of mulch will help prevent moisture loss but it will also help keep those roots insulated from the super hot temps along with keeping the weeds down.

Weed: Speaking of weeds, weed your garden. Weeds complete with your plants for both moisture and nutrients. In the challenging summer heat, your landscape obviously needs the moisture, but the high heat and humidity take a toll on your plants just like it does on you, so they need all the nutrients they can get.

Containers and planters: Because your containers and planters are above ground, they'll dry out more quickly. Be sure to water them and check them more frequently. They may need watering up to twice a day.

Most important of all, take care of yourself. Drink lots of fluids, protect yourself with sunscreen and don't overdo it. If you feel hot or tired, go inside.

Is your motivation more withered than your garden? Summer work can take it's toll. Even if you normally care for your garden yourself but don't have the desire to during the worst if the summer heat, don't worry - we've got your back. We can take care of your landscape and garden for you even if it's just during the worst is the summer. We love what we do so we understand how other people love to get out there. We would never want to take that away from anyone, but sometimes even the best of us need a helping hand.

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