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6 Tips for Keeping Your Summer Garden Thriving in the Heat

Does your once magical garden look like it's taking the rest of the summer off? The midsummer malaise can hit plants as the heat rises. If your plants have slowed (or stopped) blooming and foliage looks worn out, you're not alone! We're here to help with some tips on how you can help your plants cope with the summer conditions.

  1. Try to make sure plants are always moist (not soggy but never wilting).

  2. Increase your fertilizing frequency. Give the plants a little extra food to help them deal with summer temperatures and conditions. A slow release fertilizer is good, but the instant energy of a water soluble is even better.

  3. Water your plants thoroughly. The potting soil by this time of year frequently begins to pull away from the sides of the pot, which is bad news because it means more of your water is running around the outside of the root ball instead of percolating down through it. Thoroughly hydrating the soil can mitigate this issue. Water your container, wait thirty minutes to give the soil time to soak up water, then water again. Repeat a few times. Alternately, put six or so inches of water in a tub, sit the container in the tub for a few hours and let it soak up water until the soil is rehydrated.

  4. Give your plants a haircut. If things become stressful for your plants, they may try to make seed, which we don't want to happen because those seeds divert a lot of energy away from new growth. Removing the spent flowers or seed heads (aka deadheading) with a sharp, clean pair of scissors or clippers will help the plant use its energy to make new flowers and foliage.

  5. Mulch Magic. A layer of organic mulch around your plants acts as a natural insulator, helping to retain soil moisture and regulate temperature. Mulch also prevents weed growth, which can compete for water and nutrients with your plants.

  6. Provide Afternoon Shade. Offering some relief from the intense afternoon sun can make a significant difference. Consider using shade cloth, trellises, or planting taller plants strategically to cast shade on more delicate ones during the hottest part of the day.

Your summer garden can thrive despite the heat with the right strategies and a little extra TLC. By incorporating smart watering practices, fertilizing, mulching, tidying up your plants and providing some shade, you'll create a haven of beauty that withstands the sweltering temperatures.

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