Save Your Flowers from the Heat

July is one hot month, and the heat can really do a number on your flowers!  While summer is the best time to see the vibrant, beautiful flowers, it’s true that these bright blooms don’t last too long, especially if you don’t get much rain.  If you’re concerned about your flowers dying in the summer heat, here are a few tips that might help keep them alive during the next few months.

The first tip is obvious: make certain to keep your flowers watered!  However, you don’t want to go out in the heat of the day to work in your flowerbeds or water your plants.  Instead, water in the evening or early morning.  This has two benefits: first, it’s cooler so you’re not so hot, and second, the water doesn’t evaporate in the afternoon sun, so more of it gets to your plants and flowers.  You’ll use much more water if you water during the heat of the day.

It’s also important to deadhead (cut off the dead blooms) your flowers after they are done blooming.  This keeps your flowerbeds looking nice and also keeps your flowers healthy.  In fact, if you have flowers that bloom a couple of times during the summer, such as rose bushes, deadheading them can make their second blooming much more spectacular.

Another tip is to cut back any of your blooming perennials.  Like deadheading, this can make your flowerbeds look tidier, and it will also help encourage new growth on the flowers.

Fertilizing your plants during the summer is another way to keep them healthy and blooming.  Adding a layer of compost to your flowerbeds every now and then is also a great idea, especially since compost breaks down more quickly in the heat.  This means the nutrients get into the ground more quickly.

Of course, in some parts of the country, you’ve got more to worry about than just the heat.  If you live in an area prone to storms, hurricanes, or tornadoes, your flowers can really take a beating.  There’s not a lot you can do to protect them from heavy storms or tornadoes, but if you know a storm is coming, you can at least bring in any potted plants.  Those planted in your flowerbeds, however, may be at the mercy of the storm.  You can cover your flowers with lightweight tarps or plastic covers, but even this may not help if the storm is really powerful.

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