5 Things not to do in your Garden During a Heat Wave

If you ever happen to have a chat with an expert gardener, make sure you ask him about his opinion on what to be done when there is a heat wave. In all likelihood, the answer would be NOTHING.

Well, when he says NOTHING, that does not mean outright indifference towards the garden. It is meant that we must not indulge in certain activities which we usually engage in without any prior research and understanding.

In this article, we will help those who are ignorant about this really vital topic by enumerating five things that should not be done to your garden during heat waves.

Five things not to do in your garden during a heat wave

So, let us begin gardeners!

  1. Do not water at night

The first BIG NO on the list is watering at night. Don’t water at night at all—be it your trees, shrubs, and whatnot. It is highly recommended that you water them only in morning to allow some rest to plants to dry off the water.

Plants that are watered at night, particularly on a regular basis are susceptible to molds and fungi. These afflictions will make your plants weaker and invite dangerous insects.

  1. Seeding is a NO-NO!

It is highly advised that you do not seed the garden during a heat wave. During heat wave, sunlight is at its full potential and can easily dry out or burn seeds.

Do not transplant annuals as it would require too much watering, usually around twice a day to ensure they do not die out due to the heat.

  1. It is not a good time to fertilize

Heat wave is not the best time to fertilize since it can cause plants to create more roots, resulting in an increased thirst and diversion of energy away from the top.

We recommend that you utilize a liquid fertilizer such as pellets or Miracle Grow if at all you have to fertilize. Some composters consist of a catch basin for the purpose of compost tea—throw this near the base of the plants.

If you look up on the Internet, you can find a number of recipes to make compost teas. If you want to know a simple way to make tea, well, all you need to do is mix compost with water in about a two-gallon work bucket.

  1. NO over-Mulching for protecting plants

We advise you to mulch in order to protect your plants. Mulching allows retention of moisture, but we strongly warn you against overdoing it.

Over-mulching encourages roots to turn upside. Over-mulching is particularly a problem with trees that are especially fond of sending their secondary roots close to the ground when they sense shade and humus.

Overdoing anything only harms; so take due caution!

  1. Do not plant shrubs, trees or perennials during heat wave

We recommend that you wait until fall since the days are warm, but the night-time temperatures are low, allowing plants to get some respite from summer conditions.

In case you have purchased plant materials contained in some container such as a pot, place them under shade and ensure they are well-hydrated.