RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
In fact, watering plants that don't need it can cause the roots to rot. When the sun isn't out, plants catch up with getting water from their roots to their leaves.
"Water them in the morning and under the foliage so that you don't get as many fungal diseases because a lot of time that's from getting too much water on the leaves. So you should try to water the soil and not the plant on top," says Hanson.
If you don't have time to water them in the morning, try the late evening hours.
It's not just the heat that affects gardens. Cold nights impact plants too. Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say even nights that stay above freezing can still affect your garden.
"Just like we don't like it cold, it slows down the growing of the plant. And it can cause more diseases because the plant has to protect itself and that cool temperature doesn't promote growth," says Hanson.
Fertilizer is useful for days with cold nights. Fertilizer promotes growth and keeps flower blooms bright. But a cool and rainy pattern can require more attention.
"The rain, a lot of the times the fertilizer does get washed into the soil and not as much goes into the plant. So it doesn't hurt to keep fertilizing throughout the season," says Hanson.
Shrubbery is much more resilient to temperature change. You can even plant trees and bushes through summer as long as they are properly watered.
|Story By: Melissa Constanzer