Eight Drought-Defying Secrets for Gardens
There are ways to keep a garden looking great...even in situations of drought.
Better Homes and Gardens shares helpful tips to keep a garden looking great, even in unwanted periods of extended drought.
1.) Adjust maintenance - Minimize fertilizing during dry spells, as fertilizer salts can actually dehydrate the roots of plants.
2.) Dig rocks - When placed strategically, rocks can assist in directing water. By slowing it down, the water can soak into the ground and be more available for plants.
3.) Use gray water - Gray water should not be confused with sewage. Gray water is "gently used" household water that can be collected by saving dishwater, filling a bucket when waiting for the shower temperature to run warm, etc. According to Better Homes and Gardens, "Check local codes for restrictions on using gray water."
4.) Water wisely - It's best to water a garden in the early morning hours while the sun is low. The way in which plants are watered is also an important factor. The most efficient and simplistic watering methods are by using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system.
5.) Wait to plant until autumn - This is particularly good when caring for permanent plants like perennials, trees and shrubs. Because temperatures are typically cooler, water requirements will be less. "While top growth slows, roots will be developing and getting established until the coldest weather comes. Plants will also benefit from winter snowfall or rains," according to Better Homes and Gardens.
6.) Amend and mulch - Better Homes and Gardens goes on to say, "Dig compost into your soil to help hold moisture and encourage healthy root growth, then mulch the beds with an organic material such as wood chips." Mulch minimizes the evaporation of ground moisture and assists in maintaining lower soil temperatures.
7.) Collect rainwater - If one inch of rain falls onto a 1200-square-foot roof, this can create up to more than 748 gallons of fresh water for plants.
8.) Choose heat-loving plants - It's best to select plants that enjoy sunny and hot conditions!
Skeers, Timothy. 8 Drought-Defying Garden Secrets. Better Homes and Gardens. Web.