Summer humidity doesn’t just make people wilt when they step outdoors, it can also
make your plants and landscaping look a little bit lifeless. If you are struggling with
the intense Maryland humidity this summer, here are some tips for protecting your
landscape from the worst parts of summer humidity, since hooking up a
dehumidifier won’t do the trick!
Watering is very important, but watering the right amounts at the right time is even
more important. Make a habit of watering your landscape in the morning or early
evening for the best result. You should complete a deep watering two or three times
every week using a drip irrigation system or a soaker hose. If you over water your
plants, you can cause a great deal of damage. Heat, combined with over-watering,
will cause leaves to wilt so that they receive even less sun.
Mulch is an essential garden tool, and it helps to protect your plant from hot and
cold, in addition to locking in moisture. Is your garden in a location where the
temperature, heat, and humidity change drastically over the course of the day? Use
4-6 inches of mulch to keep your plants happy in the heat. Straw, pine needles,
leaves, grass clipping, and store bought mulch will all do the trick.
Summer heat and humidity will always take a toll on plants that don’t have a certain
degree of shade. In periods of really hot heat, plants will actually stop flowering
altogether and can experience sunburn. Peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants will all
stop flowering once the thermometer climbs into the mid-90s. Make a habit of
giving your backyard plants some shade during the hottest parts of the day. If you
have a small area, a patio umbrella placed overhead will be just fine. If you have a
larger surface area to cover, use a light-colored flat bedsheet.
Call in the Professionals for Your Summer Landscaping Needs
Evergreen Gene’s offers professional landscaping and maintenance services through
the state of Maryland. We are here to make sure your gardens and grounds look as
beautiful as possible year-round. Interested in how we can help your garden look its
best? Give us a call at (410) 766-6877 or visit us online. To see examples of our
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