With no end in sight for the hot weather, make sure you keep your garden green!
Whilst we all enjoyed the first couple of weeks of non-stop sunshine and heat, none of us were expecting it to go on for this long. At first our gardens flourished with colour, flowerheads gently bobbing in the warm breeze, but now, with hosepipe bans on the horizon, our lawned areas have turned from leafy green to brown, and our flowers seem a little on the droopy side. The hot weather is set to continue, and our gardens could suffer as a result – so follow our guide to keeping your garden green!
Watering in weather like this is absolutely crucial. First things first, if you haven’t already done so, put down a good amount of bark or compost mulch in your borders and pots to help them retain much-needed moisture. Next, make sure you’re watering your garden at the right time of day. In the evening is best, as temperatures are cooler, and your plants will stay wetter for longer. Avoid watering during the middle of the day as it will evaporate straight away! Make sure you’re giving new plants the most attention – established plants should be more self-sufficient throughout a heatwave.
Having a trim
If your plants need a trim, then the best time to do it is, again, at cooler times of the day. Late evening works fine, but if you really want to get in there, get up early in the morning and do it – trimming them in the midday heat will just encourage them to droop quicker. Keep an eye out for particularly dehydrated plants and don’t get complacent with your weeding! Weeds can drain nutrients and moisture from the soil making it harder for your precious plants to survive, so get out there and get rid of them before they have a chance to take hold. Finally, try to avoid cutting your grass. Annoying, we know, but it’ll help keep more moisture in the soil.
It goes without saying that your plants will need extra shade in this hot weather. It’s also true that younger or more delicate plants will need more shade than others, so move your potted plants and any that look like they might be drooping into a shaded area of your garden. If you’re not blessed with a shady garden, then you can easily create your own! Get to your local garden centre and pick up some shade netting and pin it between two trees or against your fence and a pole and make a canopy to create shade. If you’re after a quick fix, then a pair of net curtains will work just as well! Just be sure to keep watering your plants when they’re in the shade!