Now is the time when our standard practices of siting the right plant in the right place, topdressing with compost and soil amendments, applying compost tea, planting ground covers among taller perennials, shrubs, and trees, mulching, and use of drip line irrigation will pay off. But despite these measures, a Level 2 drought can be tricky to manage.
Browned out lawns, crisp leaves on newly planted trees and shrubs, sagging perennials – you have probably begun to notice these conditions in your own neighborhood. Water conservation is now a necessity due to the Level 2 declaration by the State. It is strongly suggested that we water only once a week using hand-held hoses and watering cans, and only before 9 am or after 5 pm. Many towns have mandated these practices.
Here are a few tips:
- Harvest rainwater using a rain barrel, then fill watering cans from this source
- Repair hose leaks quickly
- Stop watering your lawn, just let it go dormant for the summer, and it will naturally green up again when cooler weather and rains return
- Minimize lawn size this fall to reduce need to water a large greensward
PBOG can help you right now by bringing water to your landscape in our spray trucks. Long hoses apply the water from a 200-gallon tank. At this time of year, we add Stress X powder to the water. This product contains kelp and seaweed, proven to help plants recover from drought stress. We can also water containers during your vacation periods.
Please let Kimberly Kuliesis know if you would like to arrange our watering services for your property: Email Kimberly