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Summer Garden Survival Guide

Keeping your garden healthy during the hot summer months can be tough. You don’t have to fight to keep your garden thriving during the relentless summer heat. With some planning and sustainable practices, you can conserve water, support plant health, and enjoy a lush garden that lasts all season long. Follow some of these sustainable gardening tips to help your garden flourish:

  1. Plant Planning: Choose plants that adapt to local temperatures and thrive in or withstand the heat. This ensures better growth and reduces the water needed to keep them healthy. Consider creating a dry garden with drought-tolerant plants to conserve water.

  2. Embrace Mulching: Applying a layer of mulch around your plants helps retain moisture in the soil, keeps roots cool, suppresses weeds, and reduces the need for frequent watering, which in turn promotes healthier soil.
  3. Utilize Grass Clippings: Leave the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. They act as natural mulch, helping to retain moisture and providing nutrients as they decompose.
  4. Low-Spray Irrigation: Use low-angle spray sprinklers instead of oscillating ones. This reduces water loss from evaporation and ensures that more water reaches the roots of your grass.
  5. Efficient Watering Techniques: Water your garden during cooler times of the day, like early morning or late evening. This minimizes evaporation and ensures that the water is properly absorbing into the roots.
  6. Redirect Downspouts: Direct rainwater from your downspouts to water your garden beds instead of letting it run into storm drains. This simple practice uses natural rainfall efficiently, reducing the need for extra watering and minimizing runoff.
  7. Use Permeable Pavers: Using permeable pavers in your garden paths or driveways can soak rainwater into the ground, helping to recharge groundwater and reduce runoff.
  8. Provide Shade: Provide shaded areas using pergolas, shade cloth, or umbrellas to shield delicate plants from intense sunlight. Providing shade helps prevent sunburn and heat stress, ensuring your plants stay healthy.

By implementing these sustainable gardening practices, you can maintain a healthy, vibrant garden even during the hottest summer months. Not only will your garden look beautiful, but you'll also be conserving valuable resources and contributing to a more sustainable environment. As a partner with Earth Charter International, Medcom always tries to promote and utilize sustainable practices to foster a healthier planet and community.

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