Use this guide to help keep your plants healthy through the summer months.


Watering is an art — too much water causes the roots to rot, and too little water will dry out your plants. These problems are easily kept in check with only a few simple guidelines. First, follow nature’s lead, and consider whether you have dry- or wet-climate plants. Use your finger to check that the soil is moist, but not wet. Room temperature water is best, and watering your plants in the morning helps fortify them against the hot sun. Keep weeds in check, and make sure to use good soil. Sandy soil will not keep moist, and soil with too much clay stays wet for too long and can cause root rot.

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Saving water is not only good for the environment, but it has economic benefits as well. Here are some tips to make your water use as efficient as possible:

  • Check for broken lines regularly, sprinkler heads, and valves.
  • Irrigate early in the morning to avoid evaporation and increased soaking of soil.
  • Let grass grow a little longer; this will create shade for the soil below and allow it to hold more moisture.
  • Mulch! Add a 2" to 3” layer of mulch around shrubs and trees to reduce evaporation.
  • When hand watering, make sure to place the nozzle near the base of the plant, instead of just wetting the foliage.
  • Consider using a drip-irrigation system for non-lawn areas.
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These tips will help you raise healthy plants and get the most out of your water. For more tips and advice, visit Grangetto's Farm & Garden or speak to a garden expert at one of these locations.

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