While some areas of the country have to worry about snowfall and extreme cold, Arizonans are constantly concerned with hot temperatures and scorching sun. If you’re a gardener, then you’ve likely experienced the effect of this extreme heat on your beloved landscape. In order to keep your garden healthy during the dog days of summer, you should follow these handy tips:
- Select hardy plants
You can determine how well your plants survive even before you plant them in the ground. Though there are a lot of different plants available in Arizona nurseries, you should try to get plants that are native to Arizona or able to withstand severe desert temperatures. Though other plants may look nice most of the year, you’ll find that many of them simply can’t stand up to the Arizona sun.
- Arrange your landscape carefully
If you insist on planting plants that require large amounts of shade and water, you should plant them in strategic spots throughout your garden. You’ll need to know which spots in your garden remain shady during the peak of summer, so can plant the more vulnerable plants away from the heat. The hardier plants, however, should be relatively fine in the full sun.
- Water regularly
Finally, the best way to keep your plants alive all summer long is to water them often and generously. However, since water is relatively scarce in the Arizona desert, you should also try to use it responsibly. Watering your garden in the mornings and evenings is a great way to prevent water from evaporating, while installing drip irrigation systems can help you to use water more efficiently.
Keeping plants alive in the full summer sun is no easy feat. Luckily, the experts of Moon Valley Nursery have it down to a science. If you’re looking to make an addition to your landscape, our experts will gladly show you our wide selection of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other hardy Arizona plants. Call us today at (602) 457-2176 to get started.