This summer has been one of two extremes. Whilst many Brits have seen their gardens devastated by heavy downpours others have had their’s scorched in extreme heat. Summer is always a challenging time for gardeners, many of the most luscious gardens can be reduced to brown dirt patches when heatwaves hit.
Whilst many Britons may be basking in the sun as temperatures soar the savvy gardener should not ignore their precious plants.
Plants will be vulnerable in sunny spells, many will quickly dry out when hot weather strikes.
Here are some dos and don’t to ensure your garden stays healthy in the heat
Do use mulch
Mulch is a layer of material that goes on top of the soil.
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In heatwaves, it’s likely local authorities will impose a hosepipe ban so it’s best to stick to using a watering can where possible.
Do maintain a regular watering routine
This may sound obvious but many Brits will be tempted to simple overload their gardens with extra water.
Sudden splurges can sometimes cause more damage than dry spells.
This is another reason why you should use a watering can instead of a hosepipe, it will ensure you target the soil not the leaves to avoid water waste.
Do provide shade
This may sound like another obvious one but many Brits skip this essential task.
You might not want to do this for all your plants during a heatwave, but for more delicate flowers creating shade should prevent them from wilting as temperatures soar.
You can simply use old patio umbrellas or drape old bedsheets over makeshift frames or use washing line type supports.