Here are some tips to help your plants survive during a season such as last summer’s drought:
- Use native plants, trees and shrubs that adapt well to this area.
- Place plants with similar light and water requirements together in the flower beds.
- Dig in organic matter such as, compost, manure, or rotting leaves.
- Put plants needing lots of water, near a downspout, near drainage areas that are low-lying, or in the shade of other plants.
- Do your watering early in the morning for the most benefit and most efficient use. Watering later in the day during warm or hot weather leads to quicker evaporation.
- Conserve water, and help plants survive by using soaker hoses, or drip irrigation. Overhead sprays tend to evaporate, and miss areas that need watering.
- Mulch with 2 to 3 inches of organic bark chips, or shredded leaves to conserve soil moisture and reduce weeds.