Where are you going this summer? Wherever it may be, hitting the road doesn’t mean your garden has to suffer. Taking a few simple steps can help your garden thrive even when you’re away.
1. Water – For weeks, water deeply to establish a deep and healthy root system that is more tolerant of drought.
2. Weed and cultivate – Both are crucial for water and nutrient uptake. Weeds outgrow faster than perennial plantings—but only if you let them. Cultivate the surrounding soil to boost gas exchange between the soil and air and improve the soil’s water absorption.
3. Mulch – Promotes soil moisture for long periods. Apply a thick layer (3”) of mulch around your plants and in the planting beds.
4. Compost – This concentrated organic matter helps maintain nutrients and moisture better than clay and loam soils.
And for those who are still around, take a short trip to our Nursery & Garden Center and receive 1% off for every year we have been in business, on all Annuals, Tropicals, Veggies & Hanging Baskets. While supplies last…that’s 36% off!
This "Ask the Plant Expert" advertorial appeared in the July 8, 2015 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.