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8 ways to help your garden survive the hot summer

Now is not the time to do any actual gardening, such as planting, transplanting or pruning. This is best left until autumn. Pruning will stimulate new growth and those new shoots are not going to be as resilient to the hot weather.

January 21, 2021
  1. Water early. Early morning is best for watering as leaves have time to dry during the day, preventing mildew growth.
  2. Check your reticulation. Make sure your retic system is working properly and set to the proper watering days and times. It’s not much use if the water isn’t getting to the areas that need it.
  3. Water your garden less often but more thoroughly. This encourages deep roots which can tap into water resources deep into the soil.
  4. For plants in pots do the opposite. Water more often and less thoroughly, because water in pots will trickle out of the holes in the bottom. Move them to a shady spot if you can and water twice on very hot days.
  5. Look after budding plants. Budding plants are working hard and need to be kept hydrated. Remember to water them often.
  6. Keep your lawn longer. Longer lawns hold onto moisture so it’s easier to keep them looking healthy.
  7. If you did some planting as the hot weather arrived, protect new seedlings and plants with shade cloth or umbrellas. Water often to establish root growth.
  8. Mulch! This is a garden’s best friend in the hot weather. It shields the soil (and in turn, the plant’s roots) from the sun and reduces water evaporation.

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