When Mother Nature decides the area can go a while without any rainfall, but still deal with high temperatures, it can lead to serious complications with your outdoor plants. A drought or dry spell means your plants are going without the most necessary resource they need to survive. If they don’t get enough water, then they’ll begin to look bad and eventually die. Avoid a flora graveyard by practicing these dry spell watering tips.
Permanent Plants Get Preferential Treatment
When you walk outside, you see a plethora of plants. There’s newly planted trees, your flower bed and garden, so who needs water first? Newly planted trees and shrubs are particularly susceptible to drought problems and should be the first to get watered. Also, perennials and rosebushes should be watered as well since they come back year after year.
Your annuals aren’t coming back after the end of the season anyway, so if you’re conserving water or living with water restrictions, then you can skip these for now. Your grass may seem like it’s dying because it’s yellowing, but as little as half an inch of rainfall will get it rejuvenated and green again, so keep watering your grass on the backburner.
Mulch is your Friend
The sun beats down on the ground drying up the soil. When it does rain, the sun comes out and dries up all the rain, much to the relief of the itsy bitsy spider, but not so much for you. When water is scarce, you need to take advantage of every raindrop, sprinkler and even early morning dew. Mulch is incredibly absorbent, so put a few inches around the root zone, the area from the plant center to the outer branches. It can help keep water from evaporating in the heat.
How Much to Water and When
Dry spells are extended periods with little or no rain. If you’re experiencing this, then plants need watering about once a week. The root zones should be thoroughly soaked to recoup water loss. Don’t water the plants in the afternoon when the sun is hottest because you’ll lose water through evaporation. Instead, water early in the morning or later in the evening to make sure the plants get as much water as possible.
Plants that are already drought impacted have a harder time coming back, so start watering them before they become compromised. It’s much easier to keep a plant healthy then nurse it back to health.
Ekana Nursery and Landscaping can help you with any issues regarding this ongoing dry spell in the Illinois Valley. Don’t let your precious plants and flowers become victims of Mother Nature’s water stinginess.