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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Watering tips for drier months.

As we move into the hotter and sometimes drier summer months, here are some good tips from the UGA Extension Service (courtesy Milton Grows Green) for watering your lawn and plants that could help conserve water and keep your plants healthy.

Water deeply and less often: This practice helps develop a deeper supporting root system. Clay soils can be watered less frequently than sandy soils due to their ability to hold moisture.

Water no more than one inch per week per zone for turf and even less for established ornamentals: This practice is also designed to develop a deeper supporting root system.

Watering between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. is ideal: The plant material is naturally wet during this 12-hour time frame and extending this time of dampness makes the plant material more susceptible to diseases. Reduce plant disease by watering in evening or early morning. Get an irrigation checkup: Irrigation equipment is constantly improving to conserve water while meeting the landscapes needs. Watch for plant leaf curl: when leaves curl this is a good indication the plant is need of water.

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