Maine weather is consistently unpredictable. As the saying goes, “if you don’t like Maine weather, wait a minute”. But this summer’s hot, dry conditions can be especially difficult on your landscaping. Above-average temperatures and weeks without rain stress sensitive plants and cause lawns to brown. If not properly cared for, plants can die.
Here are 4 tips to help your landscape beat the heat:
1. Water often and deeply
Strong, deep roots help plants withstand an extended period of heat. Watering the soil deeply encourages plants to put down deeper roots, helping it bounce back more quickly after a drought. If you plant new shrubs early in the season, choose varieties that are native to the region. They’re more likely to make it through a tough stretch.
2. Mulch well
Make sure you have a good 3” or so of mulch around plants. This helps prevent the soil underneath from drying out during an extended heat wave. Trees can also benefit from mulch, but keep it at least 12” from the base of the trunk.
3. Mow high
Set you lawnmower to a high setting – 3″ – 3 ½”, to help retain soil moisture for the root systems and reduce weed competition.
4. Go native
Whenever possible, plant native varieties of plants. They’re more likely to make it through the weather variations of the region.
If you’d like advice on how to make your landscape stronger and healthier, please get in touch.