Soil Temperature Gauges – Tips For Determining Current Soil Temperatures
The first thing to do when it comes to determining current soil temperatures is to get a good look at your plants. If they are not wilting or dying then there is no need for you to worry about them.
However if they are wilting or dying then you will want to take action immediately.
If your plants are wilting or dying, then you need to know why. You may have a few possibilities:
1) Your plants are too cold!
Too much winter weather has occurred recently and your plants’ roots haven’t been able to recover from the harsh conditions yet. They could still recover but it would be slow and difficult due to their weakened state.
2) Your plants are too hot!
Too much summer weather has occurred recently and your plants’ roots haven’t been able to recover from the harsh conditions yet. They could still recover but it would be fast and easy due to their strong health.
3) Both factors are true!
The combination of all three causes your plants to die.
What’s the solution?
As you probably already know, the best thing to do is to plant your plants in a different location or try a new climate altogether. If that’s not an option then you will want to apply extra water to your plants as well as shade their leaves. Both of these things should help your plants survive the current harsh conditions and they should recover completely if given enough time.
If you are anxious about any of the choices you have then you can always get soil temperature gauges. These handy devices will tell you the exact temperature of the ground around your plants.
If temperatures are too hot then you can apply shade to the leaves as well as water to the soil.
Soil temperature gauges can be costly, but they are worth it if you want to ensure the survival of all your valuable plants!
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