Our weather in East Central Indiana and neighboring Ohio can be unpredictable. Next week we are expecting temps in the 90’s and no rain. As, the sun beats down on our gardens it’s crucial to provide our trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals with the proper hydration they need to stay healthy and vibrant. Don’t worry, Wasson Nursery has you covered with step-by-step instructions to ensure your plants beat the heat and thrive in these unusually hot and dry conditions:
Step 1: Know Your Plants’ Thirst: Understanding the unique water requirements of each plant is essential. Trees typically have deep root systems and need infrequent, deep watering. Shrubs, perennials, and annuals may have varying needs. Newly installed plants will also need more attention than well-established plants: monitor and potentially water fresh additions more frequently than an established landscape.
Step 2: Be a Watchful Gardener:
Keep a close eye on your garden. The scorching temperatures and lack of rain can quickly deplete soil moisture. Regularly check the soil by inserting your finger a few inches deep. If it feels dry, it’s time to provide some relief.
Step 3: Watering Timing is Everything: Water your plants either early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. This allows the water to soak into the soil insteadof evaporating quickly. Watering during these times also reduces stress on the plants and minimizes the risk of leaf scorch or fungal diseases.
Step 4: Deep and Slow Watering: When it’s time to water, ensure a deep and slow soak for trees, shrubs, and perennials. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system placedat the base of each plant. Let the water flow gently, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the root zone. Avoid wetting the foliage as it can lead to leaf diseases.
- For annuals, use a watering can or a gentle spray attachment on your hose. Direct the water at the soil around the plants, ensuring it reaches the root zone without excessive runoff.
Step 5: Sufficient Moisture, Not Overkill: Give your plants enough water to sustain them but avoid overwatering.
- On average aim for about 1 – 1.5 inches of water per week for shrubs and perennials, considering any rainfall.
- Trees need an average of 15-20 gallon.
- Adjust your watering schedule based on the specific needs of your plants and the prevailing weather conditions.
Step 6: Mulch Magic: Mulch is your garden’s best friend in these scorching times. Apply a layer of organic mulch around your trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Mulch helps retain moisture, suppresses weeds, and regulates soil temperature. Be sure to keep the mulch a few inches away from the plant stems to prevent rotting. If you need a touch up, you can order Wasson Nursery Bulk Mulch for delivery or pick up here.
With these steps in your gardening arsenal, you’re well-prepared to combat the heat and keep your plants thriving even in the face of hot and dry conditions. Stay cool everyone!