Tips to help your garden survive a dry spell

With all the hot, dry weather we've had, our lawns and gardens are feeling the heat. Here are 5 tips to help your lawn or garden weather the dry spells:

Mulch properly--Use 2 to 3 inches of mulch around trees and 1 to 2 inches around vegatable and flower plants to keep the soil underneath moist and cool.

Water early or late in the day--Watering in the early morning or late evening cuts down on water loss due to evaporation.

Use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system--With these systems, water is directed to the root zone, reducing evaporation.

Use rainwater to water plants--Save rainwater by putting a rain collector under downspouts. Also helps for those water shortage days!

Plant drought-tolerant species--Some drought-tolerant annuals include cleome, coleus, marigolds, petunias, begonias, phlox, salvia and zinnia. Perennials that can take the heat and humidity are tickseed, sage, hollyhock and iceland poppy.


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