This summer in Maryland has been one of the most intensely hot in many years. The blazing sun will give you a sunburn much faster than you know, so just imagine what it must be like for your plants that can’t move into the air conditioning or put on sunblock. Here are some tips for making sure your plants aren’t damaged by the intense weather.
Choose the Right Plants
If you want your beautiful Maryland plants to survive the rest of the summer, then you should make sure you choose the right ones. You can trust Atlantic Maintenance Group to help you choose plants that will thrive on your property.
Believe it or not, even tropical plants start to wilt and die when there is too much heat. A sunburnt plant will usually turn shades of yellow and brown. If you know what to look for, you may be able to spot sun damage and do something to keep it from worsening.
Prepare the Soil
The soil makes a difference as well. It is where the plants live, after all. It is also what protects the plants’ roots from heat (and provides vital nutrients!). You will need to perform a simple pH test to determine if the soil is safe or if it requires more nutrients. You should also know how much clay and sand are in the soil, as that will affect growth as well.
Put Down Mulch
Mulch is another layer of protection against heat damage. Mulch provides shade to the soil, which allows it to stay moistened longer and make sure plants are getting enough water. Mulch also drastically improves the look of your landscaping. You can spread up to three inches around all of your plants to give your landscape a more manicured, uniform appearance.
When you’re out in the sun for a long time, finding a bit of shade is a welcome relief. Some plants also need a bit of shade to beat the heat. Too much heat and sun exposure can actually kill your plants. Fences and other hardscape features can provide much-needed shade and improve your curb appeal as well!
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