This Sunday marks the first day of summer. As temperatures and humidity continue to climb, folks in Maryland are working on creative ways to stay cool. Unfortunately, while humans and animals can do things to prevent dehydration, overheating, and sunburns, plants aren’t as lucky; many plants are just as sensitive as we are to direct sunlight, drought, and high temperatures. Thankfully, there are a few ways for landscapers and home gardeners to protect their plants and keep them growing through the summer heat. Here are four tips to help you mulch, moisturize, and manage the sunlight and heat this summer with materials from Lehnhoff’s Supply.
1. Step Up Your Mulch Game
One of the best ways to protect your plants this summer is to apply a healthy layer of mulch to areas that need it. Mulch provides multiple crucial benefits, including moisture retention, sun and heat protection, and weed control. Lehnhoff’s Supply offers high-quality shredded wood mulch and weed control fabric to help you step up your mulch game!
2. Keep Tabs on Local Weather
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to landscaping in the summer. Keep an eye on your local weather forecast and pay attention to any heat waves, droughts, or cold spells. You will likely need to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! (Mulch Helps)
When temperatures soar, it can seem like your soil dries out just as soon as you water it. Irrigation, drainage, and soil moisture are crucial areas of focus for gardeners in the summer. Make sure to keep your soil moist by watering regularly, using mulch, and watering at the right time of day. Still, take care not to make your garden too wet; too much of a good thing can leave plants susceptible to disease and root rot. There’s usually no need to water things if heavy rains are in the forecast, and maintaining an effective system of drainage solutions can help prevent flooding and excess moisture.
4. Keep Weeds Out (Mulch Helps Here, Too)
Weeds aren’t just unsightly; they can also compete with your plants for vital nutrients. Weeds are typically excellent at spreading, growing, and choking out other species, and gardeners need to stay on top of weeding to give their other plants a fighting chance. One easy way to keep weeds at bay is to add a thick layer of mulch to your garden. Weed control fabric and wood mulch can keep weeds from getting the sunlight they need, stopping them in their tracks.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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