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Caring for the Garden in Dry Heat

The past week has seen heatwaves in the UK cause dangerous reactions on lawns. Fires have occurred in multiple places across the UK, demonstrating just how important it is for your clients to care for their garden during this heat. Though we are not saying it is likely that their gardens will burst into flames, but they are certainly in extra need of hydration. Thankfully, there are many things that can be done to help keep plants blooming throughout this hot spell.

Caring for Lawns in Dry Heat

The first thing is to remind your clients to cut their grass a little longer. This extra height means that the soil below is less likely to dry out, which will keep the lawn green for longer. But it is also just as important for your clients to remember to keep the grass trimmed at least once every couple of weeks.

Though your clients may fear the lawn will lose colour during a dry heat, remind them that there is no need to panic. They simply need to keep it watered to keep it lush and green. It’s also important that if they have been away and the lawn has overgrown, it is better to cut it in stages by gradually lowering the blades each time.

Caring for Vegetable Beds, Borders and Container Plants

Helping your plants to get the most out of every watering is ideal for encouraging them to fruit, crop and flower as normal in dry heat. It is important to keep them as hydrated as possible when the weather is dry. Without it, they can weaken and become more susceptible to pests and diseases.

Watering methods include hand watering and garden irrigation systems. For hand watering, it’s a simple case of using a watering can, a sprayer or a hose to water your beds, borders, hanging baskets and container plants. A garden irrigation system is designed to water plants directly when they need it. This could be in the form of, for example, a water drip system or perhaps even a water reservoir. Water drip systems are basically a network of hoses with water drippers connected to an outside tap. They are perfect for great outdoors and in greenhouses. Water reservoirs are stores of water designed to deliver moisture via more homemade methods.

Sitting Plants in Saucers

It is important to water potted plants thoroughly to hydrate the soil ad much as possible. Placing the pot in a saucer or tray will allow any water that drains through the plant to be collected. This can then be reabsorbed by the plant as and when it needs it. Your clients will need to keep an eye on when the saucer looks like it is drying out, so they can remember to keep it watered.

Ripened Fruit and Vegetables must be Picked on a Regular Basis

Ripe crops can consume a lot of water. It’s important that your clients remember to regularly pick, preserve and freeze what is ready. Doing so will allow fruits that are yet to flourish to get as much hydration as possible.

Root crops, such as potatoes, can stay in the ground until they are needed. Other vegetables, however, should be harvested as soon as they are ready. Your clients will need to keep an eye on tomato plants. Any that are still forming will need to be removed as they will not have time to mature and will drain energy from the plant.

Greenhouse Crops

Greenhouses can become unbearably hot in dry heat. While hot conditions can be handy and help to ripen some crops, it may be too much for others. If temperatures remain high, plants can quickly lose hydration and leaves may scorch. It’s important that your clients keep an eye out for signs such as brown patches, especially at the tips of leaves.

Greenhouse Ventilation

A good way to moderate temperatures in a greenhouse is to allow a cool breeze to flow through on a regular basis. Having doors and windows open, as well as having a vent, can welcome fresh air to any growing fruit and vegetables.

Louvre windows or auto vents are a great alternative solution for ventilation control. Auto cents respond to any changes in weather by automatically opening and closing. They can ensure that the greenhouse plants do not overheat and begin to dry out. They do not need a power supply to keep the air circulating. This means there is no need to worry about batteries running out. They are a great choice for people who are away from home during the day or for those who have a greenhouse on an allotment.

Adding Shade

On hot days, especially in the dry heat, it is a good idea to recommend to your clients that they welcome shade into their greenhouses to keep the plants happy. Purpose-made greenhouse shading material can be hung wherever needed in the greenhouse and acts like curtains. They offer plenty of much-needed help to keep plants cool. They can also be used year after year. This makes them a wonderful investment for future plant protection.

Keep a Thermometer in the Greenhouse

This is something that should not be forgotten, but it is something your client may not have considered. A thermometer will help your client to know the higher temperature reached during the day. It can help them if they are not home during the day as they will not how to plan what actions may need to be taken the next morning.

Talk to Ladybrook Nursery

Now you have a handy guide to pass onto your clients, it’s time to find the right plants they want in their garden. Ladybrook Nursery has 13 acres of plant life just waiting to be potted in your client’s garden, so why not take a look at the wide range we have to offer? For more information, get in touch.

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