As the summer months approach and as energy reources are scarce, it is more likely than not that gardeners across the country are going to have to face some sort of water rationing.
Why not be a smart gardener and take some simple preventive measures to ensure your garden's "thrivability" during the hotter months? Here are a few suggestions:
- Make sure that your soil is crumbly and full of good, rich compost or organic matter. It's never too late to amend your soil. Healthy soil retains moisture at an appropriate rate.
- Use mulch to retain moisture and prevent weeds. Although I see landscapers laying down as much as six inches of mulch, I rarely lay more than two to three inches. And remember not to lay mulch up to the base of tree roots. Leave a six-inch circumference around the tree mulch-free.
- Plant hardy, drought-resistant plants such as grass specimens, coral bells, achillea, eupatorium, Macleya cordata, artemesia, echinacea and monarda.
- In flowerbeds, use drip hoses so that you're watering deeply and not wasting water. Whether you're using a drip hose or a sprinkler, water early in the morning for longer periods (at least one hour per location) and water less frequently.
- Do get used to the idea that your grass does not need to be a bright green during the summer months. It is important for all of us to learn to conserve water. Limit your watering to twice a week. The grass will return to its green color when the cooler weather hits.
And remember to stay, cool, calm and collected yourself. An iced cold glass of lemonade is always a respite from the heat of the summer. Enjoy!