Spending time in your yard landscaping your garden to perfection is a feeling like no other. By the end of your project, you may have planted an assortment of flowers, a vegetable garden, or maybe just plants to make the yard look alive, and the fruits of your work will be sitting on your patio or porch and enjoying the colourful scenery. However, ensuring that your garden maintains its beautiful colour and design takes work and you need to ensure you take steps so it stays healthy and vibrant.
There are a number of problems that can plague your garden. Wilting plants is a common issue in climates that range from very wet throughout the spring, summer, and late fall and very hot and dry seasons in the summer. The extreme hot and then cooler temperatures can affect the roots, stems, and leaves of your plants. While the first inclination might be to douse your plants with water, plants wilt for a number of reasons and dryness is only one of them.
Continue reading to learn more about what causes your garden to wilt and what you can do to prevent it from happening.
Make Sure The Roots Stay Hydrated
A typical sprinkler system can typically cover a large area, and while the leaves and stems get moist, plants take in water through the roots. Your roots have to be planted in friable soil, and much of this comes down to what you do when planting your plants. Soil that is loose and crumbly is probably the best for planting and for building a good root system. In addition to creating a root system, there are certain things you can do to guarantee that your roots stay hydrated. By placing organic matter such as peat moss, shredded leaves, or compost down, your roots can access available water that can also be used to keep plants hydrated.
But Not Too Much Water
While plenty of water is good, you do not want to water too much. When the weather is much cooler, you want to avoid overwatering because moisture in the air, in addition to the added water, will make the leaves and plant wilt.
This overwatering can contribute to the roots rotting, which can destroy your plants completely.
Build A Barrier Against The Wind
While the roots absorb a lot of water, leaves lose a lot of that water. Much of this water is lost because of the wind, but gardeners can protect their plants by placing down garden fabric just after planting seeds. Another thing you can do to protect plants from the wind and other impacting elements is to build a wire fence wrapped in the garden fabric and place it around the plants to keep them safe.
Protect From Sun And Heat
Of course, you want to water your plants, but to avoid plants from wilting in the excessive heat, water your plants regularly and deeply. Depending on whether you are watering your lawn, shrubs and trees, or flower and vegetable plants, the amount of watering and the frequency will vary. Another tactic for staving off the heat for your plants is to, as in the case above, create a barrier to block out some of the exposure to the sun. Planting shrubs near other taller trees is one way to protect plants, and also you can plant them under a covered tarp or makeshift awning.
From Droopy And Wilting To Vibrant And Invigorated
Growing healthy plants in a climate that can be both hot and dry while being wet and moist at the same time is possible. When plants wilt, it can be for a number of reasons, but a lot of it is related to both the state of your roots and the weather’s impact on the plant. Planting in friable soil that can help build great root structure and creating a system for protecting the plant from the harshness from the weather are two ways to grow a vibrant, healthy garden.