Thursday, June 13, 2019

WALLY’S WATER WISDOM—SUMMER PLANTING TIPS


Hello friends!
Summer is in the air and I’ve got some great tips to help keep those gardens bright, fresh and beautiful while protecting the environment at the same time!

Did you know that drip irrigation is one of the most efficient types of irrigation systems? Drip irrigation helps to reduce evaporation by delivering water directly to a plant’s roots and creates no pollution and no runoff. It is very important that plants are watered slowly because it allows water to soak into the soil and prevents water loss from runoff.

Irrigation systems are a large factor for not only plant growth, but for water conservation as well! While automatic controllers are an excellent tool, they can still waste about 50 percent more water outdoors when programmed incorrectly. If you are utilizing an automated irrigation system, it is essential to ensure the sprinkler head is faced the proper way (away from sidewalks, driveways and streets), the system is programmed according to your city’s requirements and verify the system is free of all leaks! Always remember to save water—irrigation systems should be turned off and left off until 48 hours after the rain stops.

Mulch is an excellent resource produced by a variety of different organic materials such as grass clippings, hay, shredded bark, etc. that can be utilized for reducing evaporation. The substance is often spread over the surface of soil in planting beds and around trees to help retain moisture. In addition to mulch, compost has many great benefits for gardening with a much healthier impact on our environment. Compost is made up of mixed organic matter that has been allowed to naturally decompose—creating rich nutrients for the soil that will help plants thrive. 

That's all the tips I have for now friends!

With love,
Wally

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