Tips for keeping your garden in good shape
You work too hard in your garden to see it all wilt away from the summer heat. Experts say you can save your lawn and gorgeous flowers even if you don’t have a green thumb.
We talked to Urban Roots owner Diane Stahl about the best way to save your flowers from severe heat. Stahl said it all begins with proper watering and added, “you’re going to water on a daily or every other day basis and you’re going to water slow and water deep.”
Many believe dousing plants with water when the day is at its hottest point is the right thing to do, but Stahl warns against that saying watering in the morning prevents moisture from evaporating.
“Plants really don’t need water at the top where you see the leaves they need it at the base of the roots,” Stahl said.
Scorching can be a real problem for delicate garden herbs and flowers. Stahl also recommends using an umbrella or loosely placed tarp to add shade. It’s also a good idea to use bricks to raise pots off of hot surfaces and provide air circulation. Let grass grow a little longer — the thickness will help retain moisture in the soil.
Stahl encourages gardening buffs to hang in there and said unless the stem is wilted and bent over, a little care and patience can bring most plants back to life. For more information you can visit www.urbanrootsdenver.com .