Thursday, May 25, 2017
Dr. Michael Dukes, director of the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, shares these tips to conserve water and maintain your current landscape during drought conditions. For full article click here.
- Delay big landscape modifications that require establishment watering until the rainy season.
- Establish priorities. Water drought-sensitive plants first. Grass should be a lower priority—it can be trained to be fairly drought-tolerant, and is cheaper to replace than trees and shrubs.
- Consider replacing drought-sensitive plants with more drought-tolerant species. Click here for a list of drought-tolerant plants.
- Mulch planting beds and areas around trees and shrubs. Mulching helps the soil retain moisture, moderate soil temperature and keeps weeds down. The mulch should be about 3 inches deep.
- Run your irrigation system only when your landscape looks dry. Hand water when possible, or consider using drip irrigation.
- Water in the morning so less moisture is lost to evaporation. Examine your irrigation system and repair leaks promptly.
- If you fertilize, use low nitrogen and low phosphorus fertilizers. Fertilization stimulates growth and increases water needs.
- Avoid unnecessary applications of pesticides that require “watering in”—you can find pesticides that work without added water.
- Move container plants to shaded areas to reduce their water needs.
- See more at: https://www.morningagclips.com/tips-for-surviving-countrys-worst-drought/#sthash.7rhEwqiM.dpuf