Now that we are in the hot heat of summer, water is essential. Of course, we do not want to abuse this valued resource. Water is vital for all known forms of life and when a heat wave comes, it can be devastating to your landscape. Especially if the landscape or garden is newly installed. Without water, roots and leaves dry and curl.
While on the other hand, too much water can also be a deadly killer. When there is too much water in an area that is not built for it, it becomes over saturated. This can lead to root rot, mold, leaves dropping, and in the end, death.
Where is the happy medium? When the meteorologists are unsure and your garden may be facing a drought, there are things you can do to help your landscape make it through.
Air temperature can play a large roll in how fast your plants dry out. When the air is thick and heavy with humidity, this can make it hard for the soil to properly aerate. When water is not moving through the soil and remains saturated in the soil. Microbes can flourish and rot the roots of the plant.
This is less likely to happen during the hot dry summers in August. During this time of the year, it is recommended to water twice a day. Some may have sprinklers on timers. This however can be a waste of water as the air being so dry can cause the water to evaporate before hitting the soil. Soaking the ground directly underneath plants and trees can greatly improve soil hydration. Adding mulch or wood chips where there may be bare soil can also help retain water.
Every gardener has their own method of watering. Many native species’ gardens still need a source of water. With Climate Change issues becoming very apparent and showing no signs of slowing, we need to use our delicate resource of water appropriately. Planting drought tolerant native species can be a great start.
Rethinking your classic green lawn to have a mix of species can make a difference on how much water you need to keep it green and lush. Alternative sources of water can be useful as well. Rain barrels for example, are Helping Nature Heals favorite. However, this may not be right for you for many reasons. Helping Nature Heal Inc has the experience to provide you with expert advice, installation, and maintenance packages to keep your new install in tip top glory. Our professional watering techniques are shared with our clients. This is so they may connect with how they can heal their land while the new install settles into the surrounding environment.