With 2 bouts of above 115 temps in about 2 weeks time, the best and the worst of your landscape has probably shown up! Now is a great time to evaluate what plants might be the best performers for future planting or it is a time to perhaps change courses completely. If your plants (talking established foundation planting and trees) did not fare well during this recent heat wave, then perhaps choosing varieties that are more heat tolerant would be in order. First you need to be sure it was the variety and not an insufficient watering system that is the problem. One way to decide is to take a drive or stroll around your neighborhood and take note of what plants still look great despite the heat. Your neighbor’s yard is no cooler than yours! You’ll find that one of the reasons you see a lot of lantana, bird of paradise, bougainvillea, dwarf oleander, emus, agaves….. is the fact they do well here in the extremes. That doesn’t mean they have to be used every where, but the “foundation” of your landscape will look better if it is framed with these tested performers. Using less tolerant or seasonal plants as accents is great. Some might not make it, so what! If you have to plant $100 or so in new plants every year: you get to try new things, you get some exercise, and you never know you might discover a new favorite plant. We spend 100’s on movies and golf and they give us just a few hours of pleasure. Why not spend a few hundred on some accent plants that might give you at least 6 months of enjoyment! We’re not talking about replacing your whole landscape remember- the foundation needs to be true, tough, and durable. A few fun accent plantings to give color and excitement-well live a little!
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Tips for Hot weather success
- water in early morning hours
- mulch everything!! even if you have to move rock out of the way and add a layer temporarily
- don’t mow your lawn so short
- be sure you have the correct watering nozzle, head, emitter and they are working properly
- don’t prune in the heat
- fertilize-fact is a healthy plant will do better in times of stress and need less water. be sure to water before and after fertilizing
- choose the right plant and put it in the right place at the right time! -We can help-We make house calls!
- don’t be afraid to experiment with plants in the “accent” areas! there are lots of seasonal hot weather loving plants-come on in we’ll show you!!