If you’re one of these gardeners who hates the look of brown grass and shriveled shrubs, then you’ll know the importance of maintaining a good water supply to plants during summer.
The heat and humidity can quickly soak up any moisture in the soil, leaving your plants and grass with little to no nutrients, which leads to that horrible brown look.
Some people have the luxury of a timed water system, which will switch on early in the morning and late at night to effectively maintain the moisture in the soil needed for green growth.
But for most of us, this is not an option, and so we have to resort to other measures to help our gardens through the summer heat.
Here at Fence and Garden, we have compiled our top tips for watering your garden in summer.
Water when the sun goes down.
This will ensure the moisture you are adding to the soil remains there for longer, giving your plants a better chance to soak up hydration before the sun hits again.
Add nutrients to the water
If you can only water occasionally, try to water plants deeply and use that opportunity to simultaneously feed and correct mineral deficiencies. Apply a soluble fertiliser that will help maintain the water in the soil for longer.
Keep the lawn longer in length
Brown, bare, weed-infested lawns are caused by cutting lawns too low. It’s a misconception that cutting lawns low reduces the cutting frequency. Instead, mow lawns as high as your mower permits.
Protect new plants
Freshly planted vegetable and flower seedlings are likely to need a bit of sun hardening. Shelter them with 50 percent shade cloth, or leafy branches for a week or two. This helps them establish without harm.
Use the shade in your garden
Strategically placing a leafy tree, vine or some clumping bamboo to shield your garden from the sunshine is great option for maintaining your garden’s appeal. This will prevent the harmful rays from “burning” the leaves and plants.