It’s here, it’s hot and the rain is nowhere in sight: it’s summer in Texas. If you’ve been through a few Texas summers, you know it’s a special kind of hellacious heat. If you have a garden you’re attached to, enduring the summer heat can be a particularly arduous undertaking for you and for your plants. Here are a few tips on keeping your greens green and flowers blooming.
Pick a Hardy Plant
If you’re just starting out, you can Texas-proof your garden with a few hardy, heat-tolerant plants that actually enjoy baking in the sun all day. Bushes like Dusty Miller, Prairie Sage and Butterfly Bush are all considered drought-resistant, meaning they can withstand harsh dry stretches and still manage to bloom and grow. Flowers such as Evening Star Lily, Mexican Persimmons, Texas Lantana and Blackfoot Daisies are also drought-resistant and very forgiving on the days you forget to water.
Keep Bugs at Bay
Some insects can be devastating to plants, especially in the summer. Bugs looking for some relief from the sun will burrow into the soil and tap into your plants’ roots, robbing them of precious water and minerals. SampleHouse carries the Skeeter Screen line of insect deterrents, including a spreadable insect deterrent to keep dangerous mosquitos and all their pesky pals away from your plants.
Water While the Sun is Sleeping
Watering your plants should be done either before the sun comes up or at dusk, when there’s just enough light left to see what you’re doing. Watering in the heat of the day can ruin your plants—the heat can cause the water to evaporate quickly and even scorch leaves and flower petals.
Lay Down the Mulch
Many experts recommend laying down an extra layer of mulch before the hottest months arrive. This extra layer will help protect roots where the grass doesn’t grow and provide additional protection for roots from the summer sun. Extra mulch also acts as a moisture lock, helping plants stay hydrated longer.
Don’t Stop Believing
It’s normal for flowers and leaves to look a tad sad and wilted during the heat of the day—many of them will rebound at night when things cool off a bit. Even in Texas, when it barely dips below 100 at night, you can rest assured that your garden greenery will get a bit of a break in the evening hours. Give your plants a little time to adjust before you give up on them.
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