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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Element of…

Loran Eisely said this about the element of water in her book, The Immense Journey. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” And in this drier than normal year to date, we could certainly use a bit more precipitation to assist our gardens as this season unfolds in all its magic. With that said, do you have plans to implement some past blog tips to conserve and preserve the use of water in your gardens?  Let’s not forget the biggest water gobbler – our lawns. If you forgot to read this recent March 16th post, this might give a few extra thoughts on rethinking your green.

And don’t forget that spring and fall are the perfect times to aerate and thatch your lawn; a big plus in opening up the soil layer to get the necessary water and nutrients to the root zone, assuring a healthy lawn. Need a few helpful watering hints from our July 2010 archives? The following tips, although related to summertime drought issues get us thinking ahead as we plan and lay out our garden and lawn areas.

1) Let the grass go dormant. Most lawns typically resuscitate when the weather moderates. If you water your lawn frequently, it actually becomes less drought-tolerant.
2) Water early in the AM.
3) Use drip irrigation whenever possible.
4) When watering with a hose, irrigate the roots not the foliage. Avoid overhead irrigation use. This can cause diseases with your crop and plants.
5) Use mulch to keep the soil cool and moist.
6) Remember to plant native and drought-tolerant materials as part of your mix.

With all this talk about water, let’s hope we get some beneficial precipitation soon. And by all means, share your thoughts on what you use or do to make a difference in your garden. Maybe it’s a rain barrel or some other product keeping your plants cool. Let’s reflect on how we can conserve and preserve this magical element in our gardens – water!

Image of a cascading waterfall by Greg Bilowz

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