Gardening In Hot, Dry Weather

Hot, dry weather can stress flowers causing them to bloom less grow poorly and just look plane bad. While you can’t prevent a drought or control temperatures, there are certain things you can do to help your plants survive with a minimum of stress and save water while you’re at it.

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Five Steps To Keeping Roses And Flowers Healthy During A Drought

1. Apply water efficiently: Water deeply (to a depth of 12 to 18 inches) to wet the entire root zone, then let soil partially dry before watering again.

2. Mulch: Apply 2-3 inches of organic mulch, such as compost or bark chips, to cool soil, reduce evaporation and suppress weeds.

3. Get by with less.  Vigorous, succulent growth will use more water, which you don’t want during a drought. Apply less fertilizer, prune less and plant less, using flowers only in areas where they have the most visual impact.

4. Install drip irrigation: Drip applies water directly to roots without wasteful runoff or loss to evaporation.

5. Control insects and diseases: They stress plants, further weakening them. See the Natria products shown here. Check labels for specific pests to be controlled. Always read and follow label instructions.
 

After Drought, Follow These 6 Steps

1. Keep watering efficiently: Always water deeply to wet the entire root zone, then let soil partially dry before watering again.

2. Install drip irrigation: It applies water directly to roots without wasteful runoff or loss to evaporation.

3. Freshen mulch: Organic mulches breakdown quickly.  Reapply as needed to keep it 2-3 inches deep to further cool soil, reduce evaporation and suppress weeds.

4. Fertilize: To keep roses and flowers healthy and blooming,

5. Prune to maintain healthy growth: Remove spent flowers and control plant size during the growing season. In winter, prune to improve health, control size and increase bloom next season.

6. Continue to control pests: See the Natria products shown here. Check labels for specific pests to be controlled. Always read and follow label instructions.
 

**Check label for listed pests and diseases.  

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