5 Tips For Maintaining
Your Garden During A Drought
One of the best parts of summer is a gorgeous garden. Whether you have your own or you like to admire the flowers and plants in other people's gardens, summer wouldn't be the same with bare branches and brown yards. To keep things green we need water, but at any given time, there can be a drought. With a drought comes water restrictions. But there are ways to keep your garden beautiful even during a water shortage. Here are 5 tips for maintaining your garden during a drought.
For a garden in a drought, the best way to water is through an irrigation system. It puts water right at the roots where plants need it and there's considerably less evaporation and wasted water. If you don't have an irrigation system, it's best to use a watering can so you have control over what and how your plants get their water so there is no waste. It's a little bit more work, but it's worth it to save your plants.
Adding a layer of mulch to the top of your soil makes the hot summer more tolerable for your plants. The mulch acts as shade from the sun to keep the ground cool. By keeping it cool, there's less evaporation and the water stays where it's supposed to be. Mulching is an easy fix for a big problem.
Weeds need water to grow, and if they're growing in your garden during a drought, they're snaking away the precious water allotted to your plants. Put on your gardening shorts, get on your hands and knees and pull out all of the weeds you can and cover any bald spots with mulch to keep them from sprouting again. It's not the most fun task, but weeding for the sake of extra water is a little more incentive to get the job done fast.
You don't know when the rain will come again, but when it does, be prepared to catch it. Have a rain barrel ready to collect the water before the summer storm clouds roll in. All of that storm water runoff you usually see going into the streets and storm drains can be used to keep your garden green and thriving. Of course, you don't have to use a rain barrel to collect water -- just remember to put out buckets to capture the water when the rain starts to fall.
Let Your Lawn Grow
Letting your lawn get a little longer than you like will keep it a little greener, longer. Having extra growth provides shade for the soil and cuts down on evaporation. As an alternative, you don't have to water it at all. If you're more concerned about getting garden produce for your favorite summer dish and don't mind sacrificing your lawn for the good of the garden, your lawn doesn't need watering. Grass is very resilient; you can stop watering it and let it go brown without doing any lasting damage. When water restrictions are lifted or there's a good rain, grass snaps back to its lovely green self fairly quickly.