Improve soil quality
Every garden needs good soil, especially when the conditions are hot and dry. Adding organic matter is a great way to enrich the soil. So, when you plant, add some compost
or soil improver
to enhance your soil’s wettability and water holding capacity. It will also help with the transfer of nutrients to your plants.
Introducing organic matter to your soil also creates a healthy home for microbes and other beneficial organisms like worms
. It helps keep the soil healthy and protects root systems from pests and diseases.
If you have an established garden, add some compost to the topsoil around plant roots and lightly turn it into the soil. Also, mulch
the garden well. Covering your soil with straw, bark, pebbles or other ground covers
will help stop water from evaporating in the heat and keep plant roots cooler.
Keep your garden watered
A regular watering schedule is vital to ensuring a lush, healthy garden all summer. Whether you’re using a hose
or irrigation system
, it’s best to water your plants in the early morning. This gives the water time to soak into the soil and reach the roots of your plants before it starts evaporating in the heat. It also means that your plants will have enough water to sustain them during the day.
If you don’t want to get up that early, then water in the late afternoon or early evening. This also reduces evaporation and gives plants some time to absorb water without the hot sun. Make sure your plants have time to dry before nightfall because damp leaves can lead to fungus problems.
Install some irrigation
Installing a sprinkler system
makes watering easier and saves you time. Most come with a timer, so you can set it to water whenever you want and for as long as your plants need. Plus, you can save water by setting up zones to water areas more often that get a lot of sunlight, or reduce over-watering in shaded areas.
If you have an existing irrigation system, make sure it’s working correctly and repair or replace broken pipes or sprinklers. Also, check that the water is covering your plants not just footpaths or driveways.
and hanging baskets
generally need to be watered more frequently than ground plants. You should line concrete
pots or paint them on the inside to prevent water loss. Keep your pot plants in cooler spots and place saucers underneath to retain water.
Choose your plants wisely
When deciding what to plant in your garden for summer, it’s best to choose plants
that don’t require a lot of shade or moisture. There are plenty of hardy natives and water-wise plants that flourish in hotter weather.
Add a touch of shade
If you have any plants that prefer cooler weather
, then installing some shade
is a great way to help them get through summer. Vegetables
tend to love the sun but not too much, so a bit of shade will help them cope with hotter conditions. Consider a shade cloth
or even a shade sail
to block any direct sunlight.