Summer is here, and so is the scorching sun! While you might be planning beach trips and ice cream indulgences, spare a thought for your leafy companions that bear the brunt of the summer heat. Just like us, plants need a little extra care during this season to stay healthy and vibrant. So, grab your watering can, put on your gardening hat, and let's dive into some essential tips for summer plant care.
Hydration is Key
The summer sun can be relentless, causing plants to lose moisture quickly. Keep a close eye on your plants' hydration needs and water them adequately. But remember, it's not just about watering; it's about watering right! Water your plants in the early morning or late evening to prevent excessive evaporation. Avoid wetting the leaves as it can lead to fungal diseases like powdery mildew. Aim for the soil around the roots to ensure proper absorption.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!
Mulching is a plant's best friend in summer. Adding a new layer of mulch around your plants acts as a protective shield, keeping the soil cool and moist while preventing weed growth. Use organic materials like shredded leaves, straw, or bark chips for the best results. Mulch not only conserves moisture but also adds a touch of aesthetic appeal to your garden.
Sunscreen for Plants (Shade)
Yes, you read that right! Just like our skin needs protection from harmful UV rays, some plants can benefit from a little shade during scorching summer days. If you notice certain plants getting sunburned or wilting under the intense heat, consider providing them with temporary shade using garden umbrellas, shade cloths, or even strategically placing them under trees. But remember, some plants do love the sun, so ensure you strike the right balance.
Pruning and Deadheading
Regularly prune your plants to remove dead or damaged leaves, branches, and spent flowers. This not only promotes healthy growth but also enhances the overall appearance of your garden. Plus, pruning encourages air circulation, reducing the risk of diseases in humid summer weather.
Stay on Top of Pest Control
Summer is prime time for pests and insects to invade your garden paradise. Stay vigilant and keep an eye out for signs of infestation, such as chewed leaves or discolored patches.
Stay Ahead with Feeding
Plants are active during the summer, and they require extra nutrients to thrive. Feed your plants with a balanced plant food to ensure they have all the essential elements they need. However, be mindful not to over-fertilize, as it can do more harm than good. If you aren’t sure what plant foods are right for your garden, ask our Green Team experts for their 2 cents.
TLC for Indoor Plants
While houseplants may be shielded from the scorching sun, they can still suffer from heat stress and dry air. Place them away from direct sunlight if you are noticing scorch marks on the leaves and consider using a humidifier or misting them occasionally to increase the humidity levels around them to avoid drying leaf edges. Also, make sure you don't overwater indoor plants, as they might not dry out as quickly as outdoor ones.
With these essential tips in your gardening arsenal, you're ready to conquer the summer heat and keep your plants thriving. Remember, every plant has its own preferences and needs, so be observant and adapt your care accordingly. Enjoy the vibrant beauty of your blooming garden throughout the sunny season! To learn more about what’s growing on at the garden center, check out Mike, the Garden Guru, and his webinars with new plants, products, and expert planting advice. To keep inspired and grow with us, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok to dig into the joys of gardening!