Experts have said that we are one hot, dry spell away from a drought returning this summer. Here are some tips on how you can start protecting your garden and help it to grow before the potential drought arrives.
Drought Tolerant Plants
Add hardy plants that thrive and survive in heat and drought conditions. Many of these come from the Mediterranean.
Think about filling your beds and borders with Achillea, Geraniums, Nepeta, Salvia, Sedums and Lavender. For your herb garden try Thyme, Rosemary and Sage. Plants with grey/silver leaves such as Seneco ‘Angel Wings’ reflect the sun’s rays, which helps keep moisture within the plant.
Where possible, plant when they are young, so they have time to get used to their environment.
Simply create shade by using taller plant varieties. Sunflowers are great if grown close together rather than in rows, as their heads and leaves will act as a parasol for smaller plants underneath.
Leaf cover also protects the soil and keeps it cool. If soil gets too hot it will negatively affect your plants and their roots. Larger leaves also act as a shelter for insects and small animals.
Compost and Mulch
Keep your soil well fed with compost. It acts like a sponge and will slowly soak up the water and release it when needed.
Mulch (a layer of substances such as compost and bark) will also help. When layered over soil and around plants, it will suppress weeds and lock moisture into the ground.
Grow Your Own
If growing vegetables, try planting earlier than usual and give them more space. This will give them a better chance of survival as they have more room to look for water.
Root crops such as carrots, beetroots, potatoes and parsnips are relatively hardy.
Our expert team is always on hand with advice to help you maximise your outdoor space and enjoy it with friends and family all summer long. Happy gardening!
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