The hot temperatures of August can turn even the hardiest of gardens into a wasteland. This is the time to make sure you are continuing watering and other garden maintenance. However, watering can be a Catch 22: you don't want to drown your garden, yet you don't want it to go through a drought either. So keep these tips as a Rule of (Green) Thumb:
- Slightly moist soil is your best bet. If the ground is saturated, the plants will rot at the roots. Not enough water will cause desiccation. In the heat of summer, especially, keep an eye on the plants. The curling and drooping of branches and leaves is an urgent indicator: Water!
- Watering in the morning or in the evening ensures that the most amount of moisture is reaching the plant and not just evaporating.
- Check your sprinklers for adequate water supply. Dry or wilting plants indicate water stress.
- Water more frequently the plants in pots. Potted plants tend to dry out much faster than those in the ground.
- Clean beds of debris to prevent critters nesting.
- Deadhead your perennials and annuals.
- Ensure adequate mulch coverage to retain moisture.
- Check for water flow and sitting water around the house.
- Schedule your Fall Project Consultation!