It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and again in the UK there is a heatwave. It might last for a couple of days, if you’re lucky. Sometimes it might stretch over several weeks. Everything in the garden is not used to such extremes, which means you’ll need to give it some tender loving care. Leaving it to fend for itself is not the most sensible of options. After just a few days in the heat of the baking sun, your beautiful green and pleasant garden will be crisp, brown and in dire need of resuscitation. Here are some tips to help you give your garden what it needs and protect it from the worst of the summer sun.
Put Down a Layer of Mulch
A layer of mulch such as bark or compost will provide a layer of insulation, locking in any moisture. Water your borders before laying it and be careful if you’re laying it around surface roots. Your pots will also appreciate it, as will your veg garden.
Move Pots into the Shade
You’re probably thinking this is really obvious, but it’s surprising how many people get caught out. If shade is a problem, try covering them with shade netting as it will keep them cool. If you haven’t got any shade netting net curtains work just as well.
Water at the Right Time
When you’re in the middle of a heatwave, the best time to water is in the evening or first thing in the morning. Watering during the middle of the day is a big no-no. If there are any new plants, cuttings or seedlings in your garden these will need extra attention. Plants that are established won’t need as much. Every few days will be plenty.
Use the Right Water
The most natural way to water your plants is to use water from a water butt. Recycled bath water is also a good way to water your plants when water is scarce. However, watering using recycled water is better for plants you’re not going to be eating, especially of you’re not going to be cooking them.
How to Recognise a Heat-Damaged Plant
Not all plants in your garden will require extra care. However, there are bound to be a few that do. You can pick these out by looking for droopy, yellow leaves. Swift attention will be required, or you’ll be unable to recover them.
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