Though April is known for its rain showers (leading to those eventual May flowers), the transition from spring to summer temperatures can often result in dry spells and droughts - a serious problem if you're a gardener. While some plants are suited to withstand heat and lack of water, many garden variety specimens such as red rose plants and common housewarming plants will suffer if you don't take action to protect them and prevent drought damage. Aside from doing your best rain dance, here are some tips to keep your garden healthy and strong this season.
When water is scarce, you need to make sure what little moisture is available gets to the plants that need it. According to The Gardener's Rake, one of the best steps you can take to preserve your garden and lawn in the event of a drought is removing unwanted weeds, as these invasive specimens will compete with your other flora for water.
If a drought becomes a serious issue for your community, the local government may issue a town or city ordinance limiting the amount of water you're allowed to use every day - particularly for watering plants. To help supplement your supply in these desperate times, the University of Vermont suggests putting out a rain barrel early in the season to collect extra water. After a couple of weeks, you may be surprised how much rain you have accumulated.
Even when water and soil nutrients are available, plants can grow in a fashion that puts them at risk of scorching and drying out in the sun. It's important to make sure that any fertilizer or compost you put down in your garden gets deep into the soil, otherwise plants' roots will head toward the surface in search of nutrition, reports the Houston Press. You should also mulch the ground to help preserve moisture and protect the soil from excessive heat. This also keeps weeds from growing in your garden.
Whether or not a drought is imminent, knowing how to water your plants and lawn for best effect will improve their overall condition throughout the season. According to GardenHealth.com, while many people water plants for a brief period every day, you'll have much better results if you water extensively for a couple of hours once or twice a week. Check the soil with a small shovel to see how much water has reached the roots.