We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Saturday January 29 , 2022

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in hosepipe

Heatwave Proof Your Garden

Posted by on in Gardening

droughtresistentplantsThe heatwave really is upon us and if the forecast is anything to go by it could last for a few more weeks yet.  If we're struggling and flagging in the heat just think about how our gardens are coping!  I'm not complaining because before we know it the summer will be over and we'll be into autumn, but it's important to plan for a heatwave next year as our climate is changing whether we like it or not.  

Here's a few ideas on how to heatwave proof your garden:

  • Apply a mulch to your borders and containers in the spring, this will block out light and slow down how quickly the sun evaporates any moisture.
  • Consider the use of water retaining chrystals and add them to your containers
  • Begin buying drought tolerant plants so each year the reliance upon you to save and collect water is reduced
  • Think about harvesting as much rainwater as you can whether that is from a water butt through to the big storage tanks that are buried under the garden or even under a raised decking area. 

That's what we can do for the future but what can we do right now:

  • Move some of your containers into a shady spot especially those that are more needy like annuals, fruit or vegetables; the more sun they have the quicker any moisture in the soil will evaporate
  • Whatever you water do it in the evening, if you water during the day the sun's heat will evaporate any moisture in the area and any wet leaves will scorch when the sun hits them
  • Water slowly but thoroughly, think about watering to the depth of the plant's width and aim your watering can at the base of the plant not the foliage
  • Water containers daily
  • Water established borders every 4-5 days or a bit more often if you see them wilting
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs and/or perennials every 3-4 days and at least half a watering can per plant
  • Established lawns can be left, even if they change colour as they are really tough and as soon as water is applied they will soon green up and will bounce back.
  • Newly laid turf will need regular watering, slowly but thoroughly.
  • Try to use greywater as much as possible - this is water that has already been used for example bath or shower water.  You can also use water saved from dish washing as long as the water isn't greasy or has lots of detergent in, this grey water can be used on established plants and lawns. 

So now that you have watered, pour yourself a glass or mug of something lovely and sit and enjoy the garden you have created so far!

Hits: 4091 0 Comments

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

Ashwood Nurseries rock gardens Kelmarsh Hall February garden Moss Bank Park Cosmos astrosanguineus Buxus BBC CorTen steel sorbus James Wong Selfridges Roof Garden July garden Gardeners World Decking Acuba kerb-side appeal Carol Klein wild flowers John Massey Chelsea Physic Garden Horticultural October garden Horticulturalist HNC watering can Herb garden winter garden edible garden show grey water cottage garden Urban Heat Island Fleece Jekka McVicar alpines Geranium autumn garden Cut flowers sweat peas garden CorTen gravel Daffodils Shrubs garden design trends Horticulture Greenhouse Nicki Jackson Levens Hall rococo blue Herb roof gardens twitter pollinators drought garden focal points traditional style structure patio pests legacy gift hosepipe Taxus Stone Lane Gardens stonemarket Briza maxima Snowdrops colour in your garden National Trust herbaceous borders pollinating insects Hidcote summer garden sound in the garden cyclamen Cambridge botanical garden vertical garden Birmingham Library Sophie Raworth Great British Garden Revival Toby Buckland Berginia rosemary Mrs Loudon Winter shrubs Monty Don movement in the garden pond May garden timber wildlife ornamental grasses topiary composting garden design tip productive garden Crocus February bulb display spring garden Chris Beardshaw Prince Harry Joe Swift doddington hall build Lawrence Johnston January garden Stoneleigh garden room terracota bees RHS Hampton Court hard landscaping Narcissus acer Euphorbia hydroponic Ilex Kensington Roof Garden Malvern Spring Show career in horticulture Garden Planning spring bulbs Cloches eco-friendly gardening on tv National Gardening Week London reclaimed materials recycled materials bulbs June garden Chelsea Flower Show water Lantra paving August garden ha ha Spring shrubs RHS Malvern herbs Wisley Laurel NSALG unity Seed sowing Absorb pollution April garden Wildflowers March garden winner grow your own surfaces kitchen garden Glasshouse water conservation contemporary lawn care plants RHS Chelsea Hosta GYO Joseph Banks basil Capability Brown heatwave New York Highline Futurescape Highgrove Charlie Dimmock Joanna Lumley garden advice at home plant pots Bamboo Alys Fowler repetition RHS Tatton Park sunflowers roof garden Events & Shows Echinacea Trees Blue Daisy watering ash deer front garden show gardens Floating Paradise Gardens of London Urban Heat Island Effect November garden Matt James cottage gardens snow house plants courtyard December garden RHS HTA Achillea Coastal plants Perennial water butt water feature garden design Berberis Alan Titchmarsh Phyllostachys nigra rainwater harvesting September garden saving water Rachel de Thame planning your garden elm poppies scented shrubs Kew Gardens women and work award birch Tom Hart-Dyke Malvern Hills green spaces form

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog

Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.