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California Drought Tips

May 6, 2015

I lived in California back in the 70’s during a serious drought so my heart goes out to all of you who want to garden AND do your part to conserve water.  Luckily, there are simple and effective ways to use water wisely and make the most of your valuable supply.

Click here to get helpful information you can use now:  www.scotts.com/california

Here are some of my tips that have helped me conserve water over the years:

Build Great Soil: Amend soil every time you plant to improve growth and moisture holding capacity by mixing in an inch or two of Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Garden Soil, which contains a pre-mixed blend of rich organic materials, specially formulated to increase the water holding ability of soil by up to 25%.

Timely & Gentle Feeding: Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed combines watering with gentle feeding for all your flowers, vegetables, perennials, shrubs and even containers. It’s the convenient way to nourish all plants with both water and nutrients during dry conditions. For continuous feeding for up to three months, try Miracle-Gro Shake ‘n Feed.

Water Judiciously: Water after planting and when needed (before leaves wilt). If you do not already have one, consider installing a drip irrigation system to keep plants from drying out. When additional watering is necessary, do so in the morning. Watering from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. is best, due to less wind and cooler temperatures, for soil to absorb the water. When watering, remember to water deeply making sure the soil is moist by inserting a finger a few inches into the soil.

In your gardens, minimize the use of overhead watering, where up to 90% can be lost to evaporation. Instead use drip irrigation or a soaker hose, which target the water directly to the plant roots. Watering is more efficient if you do it early in the morning. Water your plants infrequently and deeply to encourage deep, sturdy root systems, which will help them stand up to hot, dry conditions.

In your gardens, minimize the use of overhead watering, where up to 90% can be lost to evaporation. Instead use drip irrigation or a soaker hose, which target the water directly to the plant roots. Watering is more efficient if you do it early in the morning. Water your plants infrequently and deeply to encourage deep, sturdy root systems, which will help them stand up to hot, dry conditions.

Try Containers: Reduce watering chores by choosing light-colored, non-porous containers such as plastic or glazed pottery. Protect pots from full sun and wind. Plant containers using Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix to help containers hold water better. Large pots helps keep plants from becoming root-bound quickly and thirsting for water. The more room plants have to grow, the less watering needed.

Mulch Everything: Whether your garden is in the ground or in containers, apply a two to three inch layer of Scotts Nature Scapes Advance mulch around all plants—vegetables, shrubs, perennials, flowers. This holds more moisture in the soil longer for your plants, keeps water-stealing weeds away by blocking access to sunlight, and directs water down towards the soil, allowing it to absorb water better.

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