Even with these relatively mild August Iowa Temperatures, it is still hot and rough on your plants. When the summer temperatures rise, the plants feel the stress and along with the hot weather, generally comes dry spells. Make sure to protect your plants from being damaged by our hot Iowa weather. Here are a few tips for protecting your plants from the heat this year.
- Water Carefully. The hotter it gets, the more moisture evaporates from the soil. Watering your plants in the morning, before it gets hottest outside, is a great way to make sure the roots can absorb the water they need. Some plants may also need to be watered more frequently or with more volume in the summer.
- Plant Deeper. You can plant your seeds a little deeper if you know you’ve got a late start this year, if you’re expecting a really hot summer, or if you live in an area that sees warm temperatures all year round. This will help protect seeds and fledgling root systems from scorching before they have a chance to get established.
- Keep the Sun at Bay. Even plants that need a lot of sunlight can be damaged by it. When it’s hottest outside, consider adjusting your plants so they are protected from the most direct sunlight. Sometimes this is as simple as just moving potted plants during the brightest part of the day, usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.