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Ways to Reduce Garden Watering

August 26th, 2011

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Tips to reduce watering:

  • Mulch around plants with shredded bark mulch, aged compost mix or aged manure mix
  • If you can’t mulch large areas, spread a good layer of straw (not hay)
  • Hoeing the ground around the plants brings moisture closer to the surface for the plants
  • Plant perennials close together to shade the ground
  • Use soaker hoses where needed instead of overhead watering
  • When watering with a garden hose, water on the ground around the base of the plant and not the leaves on the plant
  • Do any watering late evening or early morning
  • Hold off any fertilize applications until the weather is cooler or it rains as plants will be less stressed

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