Maintaining Your Garden During the Heatwave: Tips & Advice

Happy July! Summer is now well underway… and so is this heatwave! Since this sweltering weather began, Scotland has recorded its highest temperature ever and the South of England had the driest June on record. And that’s not all. Unfortunately, with the beautiful sunshine and heat comes some drastic consequences. Field fires have been breaking out across the UK, putting enormous strain on the fire services around the country. This heatwave has taught us one thing if anything: high temperatures can be pleasant but they can also be extremely dangerous!

So, in today’s blog post, we’re going to look into the best ways to protect your own patch of nature – the garden. It’s easy to kick back and relax when the sun is beaming down but it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your gardening.

Tips and advice to keep your garden fresh and vibrant

During summer, and especially a heatwave, there’s nothing nicer than being able to sit out in your garden. And if you’ve kept up maintenance then things are going to be a lot more enjoyable! Here are our top tips for beating that heatwave intensity and allowing your garden to flourish:

Keep your grass slightly longer

Reduce your mowing time and leave the grass a little bit longer during the heatwave. The longer leaves will create extra shade and keep more moisture in the soil. Not only that, but your garden will feel cooler too.

Add extra moisture to your borders

During an increase in temperature, your garden will need all the moisture it can get. It’s a good idea to add some bark or compost to your borders over the next couple of weeks.

Give potted plants more shade

Your delicate plants in pots will need a lot more shade. Yes, we know this sounds strange – they often need more sun! But too much of anything isn’t good for anyone, especially your precious potted plants.

Time your watering sessions well

It’s very important to water your plants and lawn in the morning or evening. Don’t water them at the hottest point in the middle of the day; it’ll trick them into thinking they’ll get moisture around this time.

Rethink your fertilisers

Be careful with your fertilisers. An increase in temperature can prevent soil from absorbing all the nutrients in a fertiliser so invest in one that works better in hotter weather!

Weeding is crucial

Make sure you stay on top of your weeding. Weeds can drain nutrients and moisture from the plants in your garden, so you should get rid of them as soon as possible. After all, it’s always easier to dig up younger weeds.

Know the warning signs of a damaged plant!

Watch out for yellowing plants or droopy leaves, these are often the first signs that a plant is dehydrated and damaged. Take immediate action to avoid brown, broken leaves that could be beyond repair.

How do you keep your garden fresh and maintained during a heatwave?

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