Summer in San Diego has barely begun and yet has already had its moments of scorching heat and humidity. The intense heat can be as hard on landscape plants as it is on us; we escape indoors to air conditioned rooms or head to the pool for a cool dip. Plants are firmly rooted in the ground and must endure each of the dog days of summer. And to the chagrin of all but the desert tortoise, the hottest period still lies ahead. Sustained periods of heat are a sure thing in August and September, often with little or no reprieve. It’s not only time to check that watering systems are working properly but to also take additional measures to help prized plants endure summer’s inferno.
Here are a few tips: