5 Helpful Tips for Gardening in the Summer

Green wonders get tired of the sun, too

Photography: and @thgtran via Instagram (Main Photo)

There’s no doubt that growing plants in your backyard is fun. However, if you live in a country with a climate like ours, it poses a few challenges—especially in the summertime. Gardening in humid weather means having to deal with poor grass growth, rock-solid soil and continuously wilting leaves.

Don’t worry, all hope is not lost. With a few smart tips and tricks, you can grow a beautiful oasis even in a desert-dry patch of land. Feel free to start with these ideas: 

1. Pick out plants that thrive in hot weather.

Save yourself the hassle of trying to revive dead blooms by avoiding any plants that grow in cooler climates. Instead, use ones that can survive in tropical places—consider growing variants of cactuses, succulents, vines and flowering shrubs.

READ: 5 Indoor Plants That Don't Die Easily

2. Keep pests away from your garden.

Needless to say, pests won’t do your green wonders any good—if anything, critters steal nutrients from your plants by eating away at them. If you can afford it, an appointment with a good exterminator is a valuable investment that can help keep your landscaping in tip-top condition. 

3. Water plants regularly.

You can’t miss a watering session if you’re growing a garden in extremely hot weather. Make sure to run the sprinkler at least twice a week—losing moisture in the soil is a surefire way to kill your plants. 

4. Consider the placement of your garden.

Remember, the sun is strongest in the southwest. Try building your garden on the opposite side to protect your plants from too much sunshine or you can invest in a canopy to cover your patch of land during scorching days. 

5. Don’t scrimp on the fertilizer.

Plants can use all the nourishment it can get in a parched environment. Feed your plants at least once a week to make sure they grow strong, health, and happy.

READ: 5 Homemade Fertilizers for Your Garden

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