Extreme heat, particularly over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, can leave a formerly lush landscape a dull brown. But you don’t have to stand back and let Midwest temperatures wreak havoc on your yard. Follow these tips to combat extreme heat:
1) Maintain optimum water levels
During drier months, it’s imperative to ensure plants and grass have plenty of water for photosynthesis, but overwatering can lead to root rot or fungal diseases. Ideal watering levels are as follows:
· Lawns – one inch of water per week, including precipitation
· Plants – water two or three times per week, preferably in the morning or evening
2) Follow the one-third rule when cutting grass
Removing plant tissue makes lawns more vulnerable to the summer heat. Adjust your mower’s blade to cut no more than one-third of the grass height, so your lawn stays cooler. During a period of drought, avoid mowing your yard as much as possible. How is that for getting out of chores?
3) Incorporate mulch into your landscape
Mulch protects plants’ roots from heat and helps keep soil moist. In extremely hot weather, spread about four to six inches of mulch around plants. Compare and contrast various types of mulch to determine what would be best for your landscape. For grass, consider using a mulching mower, so clippings can fertilize the lawn.
4) Shade plants in extreme cases
Plants can get sunburned, which causes them to stop flowering. This is especially true for plants in a vegetable garden. If extreme heat lasts for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to provide shade for plants. For instance, you could position a patio umbrella or sheet over heat-sensitive plants to protect them from the sun and keep your landscape lush and colorful.
If you want to know more about how to care for plants during summer months or you’re curious about which plants best tolerate Midwest heat, ask the experts at Bloomfield Road Landscape. Visit our contact page to get started.