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BEAT THE HEAT
How to keep gardens safe in summer heat waves
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Summer is a season to relax and enjoy
the warm weather. Basking in the
summer sun is a great way to relax,
but only when the temperatures are
safe. Summer heatwaves can compromise
the health of human beings as
well as their pets. Gardening enthusiasts
also may need to go the extra mile
to keep their plants and gardens from
wilting under the harsh summer sun.
Extreme heat stress can be very
harmful to plants. The online gardening
resource Gardening Know
How notes that some plants can withstand
summer heatwaves better than
For example, succulents conserve
water in their leaves, helping them to
withstand the heat when the dog days
of summer arrive. But succulents
are unique, and many plants will require
a little extra help to withstand
Here’s what you can do:
• Take a proactive approach with
mulch. Gardeners need not wait until
the heat arrives to protect their plants
from the searing summer heat. The
sustainable living experts at Eartheasy
recommend utilizing light-colored
mulch during heat waves. Such
mulch will reflect the sunlight and
help to maintain cooler surface soil
conditions. Eartheasy even notes that
grass clippings, once they’ve turned
from green to light brown, can make
for the perfect mulch to protect plants
from the heat. Clippings also are free,
making them a cost-effective solution.
• Water wisely. The horticultural
experts at Yates Gardening note that
water only helps plants withstand
heatwaves if it’s applied effectively.
If water is only applied in short
bursts and not long enough so it can
penetrate all the way to the root zone,
roots will then stay near the surface.
In such instances, roots will dry out
during a heatwave and plants won’t
make it through the season. Timing
also is essential when watering.
Eartheasy recommends watering in
the morning to avoid heat scald and
also ensure as little water is lost to
evaporation as possible. When watering
during a heatwave, do so by hand
rather than through a sprinkler. Hand
watering allows gardeners to direct
all of the water onto the plants that
need it most during a heatwave.
• Let your plants pitch in. When
planting new plants, it’s important
that gardeners recognize it takes time
for these plants to establish their roots
so they’re strong enough to withstand
heatwaves. In the meantime, strategic
planting can help them make
it through their first heatwaves unscathed.
Eartheasy notes that planting
taller, more established plants can
provide new plants with shade that
can help them survive the heat. Just
make sure new plants can still get the
sun they need to thrive.
Heatwaves are inevitable and potentially harmful to gardens.
Gardeners can help their plants beat the heat in various ways.
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