With an average temperature of 82 0 F in Canton, Ohio, summers can not only be harsh for you but also for your plants. Even though you are watering and mulching your lawns and flower beds, plants may still be suffering from heat stress. Signs like wilting can occur in plants when the hot soil and hot, dry winds force plants to give off water vapors. If you notice such symptoms in your plants, you need to get in touch with a professional lawn care Canton service provider to assist you in protecting your plants from the harsh summer heat.
Here are some tips to protect your plants from the harsh summer heat:
#1. Watering correctly
Watering plants is a primary task, but to water correctly is far more vital. Watering inadequate, will make them whiter, and overwatering would cause the roots to rot with fungus.
What to do –
- Water in the morning instead of mid-day.
- Do deep watering 2 or 3 times a week during extreme heat.
- For plants less than three years old, do deep water once a week.
- Avoid overhead watering to protect your plants from diseases.
If you have a big lawn and need help, consider hiring professional lawn care services in Canton to install a drip irrigation system or a soaker hose for deep watering.
A thick layer of mulch can enrich and insulate the plant’s root from both heat and cold. It also protects plants from weeds. Both over and under mulching can be detrimental to your plants. Before mulching your lawn, consider consulting with your landscaping services to understand the right kind and quantity of mulch for your plants.
What to do –
- Mulch gardens, at least 4-6 inches with mulch like straw, pine needles, grass cuttings, etc.
- Keep the wood mulch at least 6 inches away from the main stem of plants.
#3. Avoid stressing your plants
When the green plants start to look pale, and round brown patches begin to develop, it is a sign that your plants are in stress.
What not to do –
- Heat is already stressful for plants, so don’t overstress it with fertilizing, repotting, and pruning.
- Do not spray weed killers in high temperatures of summer.
Get a good lawn care Canton company to help de-stress your plants.
#4. Provide shade
If heat can be exhausting for you, imagine what your plants feel, as they can’t move. If plants like peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants stop flowering, it is a sign they are overexposed to the sun.
What to do –
- Move the potted plants in the shade.
- Create shades in your gardens to protect the immovable plants.
You can also hire landscaping services to install patio umbrellas or temporary sun shades in your gardens to provide shade to your plants in the garden.
Lastly, apart from protecting your plants, take care of yourself while gardening during the summer. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
Want to learn more about some heat resistant plants that can thrive in the harsh summer heat? Give us a call at 330-904-4196 for more information.