We're getting to the time of year where the summer heat, even just for a day, can have quite the negative effect on your plants. We've compiled some ideas to help you keep those plants alive! Specifically, tips when choosing plants, how to landscape them, watering & more!
Mulch VS Rock
In our area, for your sunniest beds, mulch is probably the better route to go. Mulch is a great insulator for both hot summers, and cold winters. It also breaks down over time which can add nutrients to the soil that plants need to thrive. The downside to mulching though, is that you will have to replace it every 1-3 years as pieces break down, blow away, etc.
When it comes to heat, rocks hold in the heat & raise the soil temperature, which leads to stressed plants. If you want rocks in your landscape bed, a helpful trick is to create a ring around the plants, that way the plant isn't directly touching a hot rocky area. However, if your bed consists of succulents or cacti, rocks will be fine!
The downside to rock is the upfront cost can be significantbut the best part - you'll never have to replace them!
Choosing native plants means the plant species have already adapted to our weather & ecosystem. They're generally quite heat- and drought-tolerant, which helps them survive our harsh summers. Perennial natives are also very hardy & can our winters & will come back each year!
The most important thing you can do when it comes to watering, is water EARLY in the morning. If you have sprinklers that can be scheduled, 6-6:30am is a great time.
Next, make sure to water DEEP. Deeply watering the base of your plant is the best way to protect (and sometimes revive *oops*) your plants. This actually coaxes the roots to grow deeper into the ground. You'll want to saturate about a foot in depth. This may take different amount of times, as your soil composition may allow for quick watering or it could take 30 minutes. Think clay vs sandy vs potting soil.
Be sure to consider the type of plant when watering -- veggies may need a deep water 2-3x a week, while native grasses may only need it once a week.
Prior to watering, check the pot/area to see if the soil seems damp about an inch or 2 down, you don't want to overwater!
Also, avoid watering mid-day, this can intensify the heat & stress the plant.
When in doubt, ask a professional!
Summit Outdoor Designs would love to help you design, build, & plant your new landscaping. We also offer dirt, mulch, and rock delivery & installation.
Reach out to us today for a free estimate!
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