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Keeping Up with the Heat

The dog days of summer are upon us and it’s hot, hot, hot! While we can retreat to our lovely A/C, our withering plants and lawns cannot. With the summer heat setting in, it’s important to provide special care for our greenery this summer.

Dehydration in plants and lawns most likely occurs when temps are above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but there are other factors that play into their health like the duration of heat, age of the plant, water absorption of plant, and their ability to adapt to the heat.

In the hot weather, plants transpire. Transpiration is the process of evaporation of water through the plant’s leaves. During the hot times of summer, plants can lose more water than they absorb, which means the heat can quickly dehydrate the plant.

Some signs of dehydration of plants are leaves curling up, turning brown or yellow, or breaking off. In heat-stressed lawns, you can typically see your footsteps after walking on it, soil gaps between the cement and lawn, and dryness in soil on the bed edges. One incident of dehydration can have a lasting effect on your plants and lawn.  And in this weakened state, they’re more likely to catch a disease or attract pests.

We can’t change the weather, but we can protect our plants from the sizzling summer heat by paying attention to these helpful tips:

  • Move potted plants to a shaded area/plant in a shaded area
  • Water regularly – especially in the early morning
  • Remove weeds to reduce water and growth competition
  • Mulch around plants to retain moisture
  • Refrain from pruning in hot weather
  • Raise the blade on mower to reduce lawn stress
  • Explore permanent changes like planting native flowers and grasses or building a nice patio

You’ve worked hard to get your landscape to look its best, so don’t give up on it now. Beat the heat. For this and more information on your landscaping, visit our pros or call (402) 467-1627. Adam and Ben are here to help you Dream It. Design It. Build It.

Published: July 16, 2019

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