Don’s Tips: Long Hot Summer

watering plants

Watering plants in the heat

This year is shaping up to be a hot one: a long hot summer.

Many plants will really struggle this year – but you can help them.

Some garden plants will need at least twice a week watering.

Camellias, azaleas, gardenias, ferns and many deciduous plants like Japanese maples, ornamental pears and cherries will need special care.

Japanese dissectum maples hate our hot, dry summers. This year, you may need to put some shade cloth over them – or try to shade them in some other way – otherwise their leaves will be horribly burnt by January.

Soaker hoses are really good for water wise watering of garden beds, so get one or even two when next you’re out.

Look after the garden during the heat.

Hooroo, Don.