Although summer brings to mind many good things, like sunshine, swimming, and sunscreen, one must remember that temperatures during Texas summers tend to skyrocket. Though it doesn’t seem like that should be too much of a problem for most people, everyone forgets about their plants! Just like you have to protect your plants from frost, you must protect your plants from extreme heat. Otherwise, they will wilt! Read on to learn the seven best ways to protect your plants from extreme heat.
- Think and act proactively. Try to come up with a plan before it starts getting really hot. Be sure to check out weather conditions.
- Evaluate water use conditions. During much of the Texas summer, there are water restrictions. Sometimes, when there are severe restrictions, it can be more difficult to protect your plants from extreme heat. Try to conserve your water usage by:
- Using a thick layer of mulch, or a drip system reticulation. You can use water retention products as well.
- Installing a new irrigation system that conserves more. Don’t wait to replace your old one or you’ll be wasting your own money.
- Watering only in the evening or early morning to best avoid evaporation and the water getting hot in the sun’s rays.
- Increase shade. If you planted flowers in direct sunlight, it might be a good idea to use an old sheet or cloth to cover them until you find more permanent shade. However, protecting your plants from shade will make them less-sun hardened. Short-term protection should be removed as soon as possible because if the plant gets accustomed to the shade it will experience more stress when the shade is removed.
- Focus solutions according to plant type. For example, vegetables are usually not harmed during a short amount of hot weather. However, over a longer period you may see signs of the heat shock and reduced growth. If you grow plants in pots or in small movable boxes, it is easier to move these to a more protected area. Many lawns in Texas die during the hot weather but recover when the weather is better. Make sure you have good lawn service to protect your lawn. Small shrubs are a little more delicate so they need shade and specific watering needs.
- Group your plants according to water needs. This way, plants that need low water are together and plants that need a lot of water are together. Watering them is therefore easier, and grouping according to plant needs allows the plants to form small ecosystems, which protect each other.
- Increase the amount of windbreaks. Surprisingly, wind is very effective at drying out soil, plants, and mulch, so a living screen such as a hedge, or some form of fencing is recommended. It’s best to use a fence that allows some air movement. If no air can circulate, the garden is likely to turn into a heat trap.
- Replace plants. If the future for your area looks to have increased heat and less rainfall, start replacing many of your plants that just will not survive no matter what protection you can offer them. Lawn can be replaced slowly by gradually increasing the area of garden beds, or by replacing them with synthetic grass. The quality of synthetic grasses has improved greatly over recent years, so is a worthwhile substitute if properly installed.
If you want help to protect your plants from extreme heat, creating new landscape design, or if you just want some help with lawn care, please contact Scapes Inc. today.