29 Jul Top Tips for Keeping your Garden Healthy During Summer
This summer has been one of the hottest on record in the UK, but while this means sunny days out or perhaps a visit to the beach, it can also mean your garden is looking a little burnt out and dehydrated. Our gardening team at Angus Cleaning Services have put together some top tips to care for your garden during the heat.
Water often and deeply
Living in Scotland we all get used to the rain giving us a helping hand and keeping our plants and grass hydrated, but during a heatwave you may find your grass looking a little brown. Watering your plants and grass on a regular basis will help keep them hydrated and green.
TOP TIP: Water your garden during cooler times of day to avoid evaporation, morning or evening is best.
Also, it is much better to apply more water on longer intervals to encourage plant roots to grow deeper into the soil.
Increase the shade
Keeping your plants out of the harsh sun can greatly help them to grow and remain hydrated. This can be done by strategically placing trees or vine to shield your garden and cast a bit of shade. Similarly potted plants can be move into shaded areas.
TOP TIP: Freshly planted plants are the most vulnerable in the sun so try shelter them as best you can for the first few weeks to allow them to grow without harm.
Let your grass grow a little longer
During the heat, the grass becomes dry due to over exposure to the hot sun. By raising the height of your lawn-mower blade and not cutting the grass as short, you will allow more leaf surface which keeps your grass healthier and allows it to shade itself.
Add some mulch
Mulch is a material that can be added to the surface of soil to conserve soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the plants.
Using mulch during the summer, helps to create a layer of protection from the harsh sun, keeping your soil cooler and preventing moisture from evaporating. The materials within mulch will also help in the long run as they begin to decompose they will add nutrients to your soil.
These are just a few ideas for how to protect your garden from the summer sun. Of course, you may want to spend more time enjoying the weather than working in the garden. Luckily our garden maintenance team provide gardening services throughout Angus including Arbroath, Brechin, Broughty Ferry, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose.
For more information about garden maintenance services, please call us on 01241 877667 or use our appointment booking system to arrange a visit and free no obligation quote.