Gardening tips in the summer heat by FVC Global - FVC Global

Gardening tips in the summer heat by FVC Global - FVC Global

Gardening tips in the summer heat by FVC Global - FVC Global

Gardening Tips in the Summer Heat by FVC Global

Gardening Tips to Keep Your Garden Growing in Summer Heat
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The Basics: If the plant looks peaked and wilted early in the morning, it needs water. If plant looks fine in the morning, but droopy in the afternoon, check it the next morning.
Avoid brief, frequent watering which leads to shallow roots systems that are more susceptible to insects, disease, drought, and temperature extremes. Avoid watering foliage; water the soil at plant base. Sun heats the water on leaves resulting in scorch or burn and increasing the possibility of fungal diseases.
Make sure your soil drains properly. Poorly drained, soggy soil conditions combined with hot weather can wipe out a plant in a matter of days.
Keep water from pooling at the stem. Soggy, hot plant tissue is more susceptible to fungal and other diseases.

Timing: Early morning between 4am and 9am is the best time to water. This decreases evaporative water loss, saving money and conserving water, and reduces the development of fungal diseases.

Amount: Irrigate the soil deeply and infrequently rather than giving plants a light sprinkling each day. Apply enough water each week to wet to sandy soil 12 "deep and a clay soil 6-8" deep; This requires about 1 "of combined rain or applied water per week.

Methods: Drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or selective hand-watering soil around bases of plants are the best methods for deep watering and afford maximum water conservation and cost savings. Sprinklers allow coverage of large areas like lawn, but never run sprinklers in full sun or windy conditions when much of the water is lost to evaporation.

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