The extreme heat—when daytime highs reach 110 degrees for three or more consecutive days—can be rough on your garden and landscaping
, but taking a few extra precautions will keep your plants healthy even during the hot, dry season.Water Sufficiently
During extreme heat, the soil will dry out quicker and your plants will run out of nutrients sooner. Adding one day of irrigation to your watering cycle should do the trick. Be careful about how often and for how long you water, as you can easily over-water. Also, be aware that different plants and trees
require different amounts of watering.Wrap or Paint Your Trees
One of the biggest dangers for young, thin-barked trees in extreme desert heat is sun scalding. This takes place when high intensity sunlight during the day is followed by cold temperatures at night, killing the tree’s trunk tissue. Cracks from sun scalding can allow a lot of nasty intruders into the tree’s core that can weaken or even kill the tree. Prevent this by wrapping the entire trunk
with a soft, stretchy fabric or covering the trunk with tree paint. Both of these products can be found at your local tree nursery.Choose Indigenous Plants
Use desert-adapted plants in your landscape design. Cacti, desert wildflowers, mesquite trees, and succulents are low-maintenance plants that won’t require extraordinary amounts of water to survive.
Keeping a close eye on your trees and plants during the summer to gauge how they are faring under the extreme heat is a good idea. Some plants will wilt during the day to conserve water, but if you notice sustained sun-scarring or wilting, get in touch with Moon Valley Nurseries
, Las Vegas’s #1 tree nursery, and we’ll try to diagnose the problem.