What do April Showers and May Flowers Have in Common with You?

We’ve made it through the rainy weather of April and the earth is bursting forth around us with it’s stunning spring show.  It’s a terrific demonstration that just like you and me, the plants around us need food, oxygen and water to live - and live well! 

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It’s amazing how much change happens in just 24 hours when the temps are moderate and water is plentiful.  The drama is never more obvious than during Spring – that is until the scorching heat of summer arrives.  Then we worry if our gardens and lawns will survive.  

 

Well don’t worry - now is the time for us to plan ahead! 

A well thought out irrigation strategy is not only critical to enjoying your landscape all year, it’s also the most cost efficient way to manage your watering needs. 

Sprinklers are great for your lawn but a very costly way to water much of your garden, because the extreme heat of summer causes water to evaporate much faster; think how quickly the streets and sidewalks dry up after a summer rain.  That means you need even more water to ensure a good, deep soak.  But how much, in which areas, and how can you tell when enough is enough? 

You probably have areas that would benefit from a drip system which targets water delivery directly to the soil.   Installation can be done professionally or as your next DIY project.  No more wasting a drop on paved areas, walls that enclose your green space or hoping enough water drips through the canopies to reach those thirsty roots in the soil.  This means a huge increase in plant health and a substantial savings on your water bill.

Downspoutsare another great resource of supplemental water.  There are great ways to capture and redirect that flow to benefit your landscape as it filters through your soil - before it flows into our water table through sewers, ditches, streams and rivers to the beautiful lakes around us.

Toxins and infrastructure are just a part of our Clean Water equation.  Our population has long outgrown the capacity of our aging drainage systems, so it’s never been more important to understand our individual part with a smart watering strategy. 

A little planning goes a long way!

If you need help in this or other areas of your garden management, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a consultation at 313. 881.2223 or Mil@asoutherngardener.com