This summer has been so very dry in the Northeast- wonderful for picnics, outings, and the planning of all things Summer, but it has been really hard on our plants. We in the landscape industry have a love-hate relationship with this weather, for while rain doesn’t slow us down, the plants that we put in people’s gardens require much more TLC than if Mother Nature were helping out with the watering, too.
Drought can affect the trees for years, and some perennials won’t even be able to make it through the winter if they don’t get some immediate help. But don’t lose heart, there are a number of things that homeowners can do, now, to help give their plants the best chance of survival. Watering is, of course, #1, but if there is a water ban in your community, there are still things that you can do to help your plants. Click here for a great article with suggestions.
How about all that extra water that goes down the drain when you wash your hands or rinse dishes? Could that be used on a garden? Click here for a great article on using grey water to keep your plants from going under.
While it’s too late to plant a drought tolerant vegetable garden, think about planting one next year. Some vegetables need more water than others, and you can be much more successful if you plan ahead. (Assuming it’s dry next year again, of course! Click here for some tips on how to have a garden that will work in next year’s summer heat.
Plan ahead, and be pro-active and creative, and you will hardly notice a lack of water. Which means that you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine all the more!