DIY: How to Fertilize
Discover how easy it is to feed your turf with fertilizer.
High temperatures can stress out your garden and undo all of your hard work. That is unless you take steps to heatproof plants against hazy summer days. Here's how:
Choose light-coloured, non-porous plastic, resin or glazed pottery containers for flower and vegetable gardens. Terra cotta and wood are also good insulators but will cause soil to become dry more quickly. You can apply a sealer to make them non-porous or put plastic containers or liners inside to hold the water. Make sure containers have proper drainage holes in the bottom. Pot “feet” can help drainage by raising containers off the ground.
Self-watering containers are also excellent. Never let the reservoir dry out, but if it does, water the container from the top to completely moisten the soil, then fill the reservoir. Make sure the pots are large enough for your plants to reach full size.
Water in the early morning so moisture has time to soak into the soil before the heat hits and flowers and vegetables have the water they need during the hottest part of the day. Consider installing a drip watering system or soaker hose for garden beds and containers.
Also, be sure to keep up with weeding to keep your garden in its healthiest state.
To keep your flower beds lush and colourful once the hot weather arrives, add annuals and perennials that love the heat.
Be sure to check out our Plant Library for more details on plant varieties, including bloom time, features and care instructions.
Overseeding creates a thick, healthy lawn, which is the best defense against weeds.