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Driest Year in 100 Years

September 12, 2011

The dry, hot conditions of this summer are the worst Texans have experienced in nearly 100 years. Due to lack of natural rainfall, grass is suffering, plants are wilting and local birds are struggling to find food and water. Although circumstances sound harsh, there is something that can be done to survive this drought. Understanding the needs of the garden and lawn during this time is the first step to recovery.

The drought will likely persist; however, conditions should give way to the cooler temperatures of fall and hopefully some much needed rainfall, so most years late September and October are perfect for reviving your garden and lawn.

Follow these tips to take advantage of the best time to get out and grow:

Water wisely: Whether watering your lawn or your garden, water efficiently (deep and infrequently) to promote a healthy root system capable of better surviving hot and dry conditions. Be sure to follow watering restrictions in your local area.

Help your lawn recover: When fall rains return, your lawn will begin to respond. However, water alone won’t help your lawn recover. It also needs food. Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard will replenish vital nutrients your lawn has used up trying to survive. Without them, your lawn will continue to struggle.

Amend soil before planting: When planting, a small investment goes a long way towards the overall health of plants. Amend native soil to provide the best environment for shrubs, flowers and vegetables. Incorporating organic matter such as the compost found in Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Garden Soil will help your soil hold up to 25% more water than native soil alone.

Plant for your region: Select specific plant varieties adapted to your region. Doing so will offer the best chances for survival through Texas heat and drought. For help choosing the right plant for your Texas landscape, click here:

Mulch everything: Place mulch around trees, perennials and gardens to reduce evaporation of water and the presence of weeds that will compete with plants for water and nutrients. Mulch blocks sunlight from reaching potential weeds and provides a barrier to block growth. Scotts Nature Scapes Advanced mulch can help use up to 30 percent less water, and adds a splash of color to the landscape. A two-to-three inch layer will keep the beds beautiful and efficient.  For more about mulch click here http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/docs/pubs/mulch.pdf

Wishing all my Texas gardening friends some much needed rain!

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