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Water Smarts for Your Summer Landscape
When lazy days of summer arrive and the heat sets in, make things easy on yourself and your garden. Take steps now to keep your garden looking fresh and blooming strong so you can relax and entertain in your outdoor space.
Consider these tips for keeping your garden watered all summer long.
- Choose the best sprinkler for the job. For watering newly planted beds, select oscillating or whirling sprinklers. They put out small droplets that moisten the soil without compacting it. For established plants, pulsating sprinklers cover more space with less water pressure. For young fruit trees or caged tomatoes, choose a bubbler type sprinkler for its deep watering capabilities.
- Use a sturdy post, step ladder or adjustable tripod to elevate sprinklers as needed to get good coverage for tall or bushy plants.
- Early morning is the best time to water. Use a timer to turn on sprinklers before you wake up.
- Run your sprinkler in one spot for 30 minutes and then turn it off to allow the water to seep into the soil. Move sprinklers as needed to water all of your thirsty plants.
Provide your garden with a deep watering several times a week. Try watering in the morning to reduce the chance of mildew and give your plants a chance to refresh before facing the heat of the day, especially with plants that get searing afternoon sun. The rule of thumb for gardens and lawns is the same: on average, one inch of water, either from irrigation or rainfall, is what your garden needs.
Hose timers save water, time and money in your garden. Hook one up and manage it manually or even with your phone. Learn more about irrigation timers.
In hot weather, mulch helps to safeguard plants from blistering summer heat. Layer mulch like lasagna, adding a couple inches to your garden and containers. Freshen up dry soil by mixing in compost and topping with mulch. Use organic products when growing edibles. Mulch helps plants retain moisture, protects from pests and diseases and helps control weed growth.
In the flower garden, cut your flowers so they’ll produce more. Cosmos, zinnias, coreopsis, daisies and others need regular trimming to keep the blooms coming.
So break out your garden pruners. Just think how beautiful your space will look with a steady supply of freshly cut flowers all summer long!
When the weather is hot, hot, hot, take a few minutes to keep your landscape fresh by watering smart. Learn how to get the best use of your sprinkler and more.
Tip: To avoid wasting water, don’t use any type of sprinkler in windy weather. Up to half of the water can blow away!