solarshade fabric in the summer garden
The summer heat can be devastating to your garden, so knowing how to use solarshade fabric can help your plants thrive in the extreme sun and humidity of these hot months. Just like us humans, plants sometimes need a break from the sweltering heat by getting out of the hot sun and shade and sipping a refreshing drink.
1. What is solarshade fabric and can it improve garden productivity?
solarshade fabric can be DIY, such as old white paper, floating row cover, window screen or a piece of lattice. It can also be a roll of lightly woven material purchased to shade your SFG. Whichever you use, it will reduce the amount of heat reaching your plants through the sun. solarshade fabric is used for vegetables, annuals, perennials, shrubs and even fruit trees to reduce heat areas and protect plants from sunburn and burns.
It sounds crazy to think that shading plants may increase yields, but scientific evidence shows that when plants are properly covered, crop yields increase, photosynthesis improves and the growing season is longer. Typical photosynthesis occurs when leaves are between 50 and 68 degrees F. More sunlight equals better yields - until it gets too hot. Once the thermometer starts to rise above 80 degrees, then fruit production for many vegetables and herbs comes to a halt. Therefore, shading plants during high temperatures can improve plant yields.
2. There are several reasons to use solarshade fabric in the summer garden.
(1) Solar radiation protection.
The main issue on this list is that it protects against solar radiation, because too much sunlight can be a very bad thing. Some plants may suffer from leaf curling, browning and burning due to overheating and sun exposure. Sometimes it is even beneficial to cover plants in very cold conditions to prevent sunburn. No matter what the season, we must be careful of the sun's damaging rays on our gardens.
(2) Pest protection.
solarshade fabric protects your garden from the heat and sun, but depending on the type of mulch, it can also protect your garden from insect and bird attacks.
(3) Soil moisture.
Often when you use solarshade fabric, it helps your plants retain more moisture. The less sunlight that hits Mel's Mix™, the less likely it is to dry out, helping you conserve water and moisture. In general, keeping the root system cool is a smart plan to avoid drought and keep plants in cooler photosynthetic production zones.
3. Which type of solarshade fabric is best for summer gardens.
solarshade fabrics come in a variety of colors, different types of materials and density levels - how much sunlight the cloth physically blocks. More important than the type of fabric is the level of density. When you buy solarshade fabric, a 10% density provides shade because it only blocks 10% of the sunlight. On the other hand, an 80% density cover will block 80% of the sunlight.
Vegetables or herbs that need a lot of sunlight will not grow well under 90% density solarshade fabric because it is too dark for the plant to thrive. Conversely, shade-loving plants like cabbage or fine parsnips will fry in the hot sun, so they won't survive on just 10 percent solarshade fabric. Choose a solarshade fabric cover that helps tone down the intense sun without cutting off the plant's ability to photosynthesize. Typically, this means that a solarshade fabric between 30 and 60 percent is suitable for most summer garden situations.
Finding solarshade fabric that allows good ventilation means that the plants underneath it will also stay cooler. Knitted solarshade fabrics, for example, allow more air to pass through. It's also important: Don't put solarshade fabric directly over your plants, as the weight can break branches and damage them. Find supports that lift the solarshade fabric above the garden to provide undamaged shade and the desired air circulation. Overall, solarshade fabric is a great addition to your garden during the peak growing months when the sun is at its hottest. It will extend the life of your plants and produce a more productive crop.
This is all about the use of solarshade fabric in the summer garden. If you need more detailed information, feel free to contact us!