Summer usually brings a high dose of heat to most areas of the country. During a heat wave it can be hard to keep your plants adequately watered in order to make sure that they can survive the summer sun. Check out these watering tips to keep your plants thriving all season long.

Water at sunrise and sunset

Keeping your herbs hydrated is best done when watered during the early morning and late evening hours. Allowing your plant to soak up the water without getting the chance to evaporate is important in making sure that your plants get a long enough drink to sustain them during the heat of the day. Usually only daily watering is needed but keep an eye on plants that may need a double dose of watering each day during extreme heat waves.

Check your climate

The climate in which your home is located can greatly affect your watering needs. Those renters in a dry and arid climates may need to water plants much more than those in a wetter climate. Knowing your climate tendencies, as well as the watering requirements for your plants, is important to surviving the summer heat. For example, “In Florida, gardeners can expect to receive an average of 0.96” of rain per week,” according to Robert Anarumo, an avid gardener and founder of Florida Realty Marketplace. This can greatly differ from  where you are. This can greatly differ from  where you are. In dry parts of California, there’s not enough rain, in Puget Sound it’s extremely wet, and in Houston there’s too much rain.

Add a natural insulator

Mulching your thirsty plants can be an easy way to keep moisture in your plant during the growing season. Organic mulch options, like bark dust or straw, can be easily placed around each plant to help hold moisture and allow for better growth during hot seasons. Mulch can be added anytime of the year and can be a great way to help keep water near a plant. These natural insulators will also help to keep the area around the plant from drying out under a scorching sun.

Know your plants’ preferences

Many herbs grow best when under dry conditions such as rosemary and oregano. The hot climate actually helps those herbs create a more intense and delicious flavor. However, a lack of water can greatly misshape other fruits and vegetables. Being able to identify your plants, as well as their water preferences, will help in making sure that you are giving enough water to plants during heat waves. Also know that there is a possibility of overwatering plants so make sure to look for areas of distress like wilting leaves for dehydrated plants and algae or moss growth on overhydrated ones.

 Install a watering system

Drip irrigation is a great way to make sure that plants are receiving adequate water without having to stand outside watering plants during the heat of the day. Irrigation systems can be placed on a timer, which can be easily adjusted during heavy heat, and will take the chore out of daily watering. If you don’t have an irrigation system installed, consider using other watering aids like water globes that give the plant the right amount of water that it needs. These can be easily added to thirsty plants and can help aid your efforts to keep plants hydrated.

It is possible to keep plants well hydrated even through the hottest parts of the summer season. Consider adding irrigation systems or water globes to help aid you in an effort to water plants. Knowing your climate conditions and your plant’s water preferences will also help in keeping plants healthy despite the summer heat. Watering when the sun is low in the sky and adding natural insulators like mulch are also great ways to ensure that your beloved plants don’t get too thirsty during a heat wave.

Kristina Phelan is a freelance writer and her parenting column, Mama Bear Moxie, is printed in a few newspapers across the country. She lives on a farm in the Midwest with her husband, three kiddos, and too many animals.
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