Watering, Mulching Tips to Navigate Our Recent Dry Spell

Aug. 15th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Although we are far from the severe drought that has dogged California for the past five years, after a very wet April and early May, dry times have descended on our area. Since mid-May we have been experiencing drought stress.

Adding supplemental water through this very dry and hot period will greatly benefit your landscape plantings. In addition, mulching will help maintain moisture and promote overall health to your plants and overall landscape.

Two specific tips to help you through this period:

Provide deep, less-frequent waterings. For example, instead of watering each zone of your lawn for 15 minutes, four days per week, water twice per week at 45 to 60 minutes per zone.  This will allow for deeper penetration so water can reach the deeper layers of the soil. 

When mulching, provide a layer of three inches. Doing so will supply the landscape with the ability to maintain moisture, reduce weeds, and create a more visually pleasing appearance. Be sure not to mound mulch at the base of the plants to prevent the potential for diseases or other problems.

Our Garden Center hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 708-771-4903.

This appeared as an "Ask the Plant Expert" advertorial in the July 20, 2016 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.