Bulbs need water, too!
Proper watering and mulching of your landscape helps to insure your plantings are healthy and able to resist disease, pests and drought. In most cases an inch of water per week (remember to factor in rainfall) should be adequate. Watering wisely also saves you time and money. Even when local water restrictions are in place, you can still water your plantings effectively.
1.) Deeply - to encourage development of deep, healthy roots that help plants tolerate hot, dry conditions
2.) Infrequently - depending on the type of vegetation, soil and weather
3.) Uniformly - to promote even growth
4.) Efficiently - when using a sprinkler, early morning is the best time. When using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system, mornings or evenings will do.
Also, it is helpful to mulch to prevent weeds and conserve soil moisture.
Did you know:
- That up to 50% of the water distributed by oscillating sprinklers can be lost before it reaches your
- Frequent, light watering wastes water and doesn't properly hydrate plants?
- Container gardens require more watering because the soil dries out quickly?
- Mulching, and mowing your lawn higher and less often, prevents weeds and conserves soil moisture?
- Native and drought-tolerant plants require less water?
Autumn Garden Tasks:
Remove seed heads of self-seeding perennials
Fill your bird feeders
Trim back foliage as it's frosted off
Pull the last weeds of the season
Plant bulbs for spring color
Soak in the fiery reds, golds and russet
Bring your houseplants inside
Have your soil tested and fertilize, if needed
Mulch the crowns of sensitive plants
Clean your garden tools
Bask in the rare bits of warm sunshine
Winterize your waterfeatures
Decorate with seasonal pots
Harvest the last of your vegetables
Take a walk in the woods and kick some leaves
Visit your local farmstand
Anna and her husband Todd own Arcadia Gardens, LLC a Stevensville, MI based landscape design and build company. Her degree in Horticulture with a focus on landscape management from Michigan State University allows Anna to select plants specific to on-site conditions and with maintenance requirements that suit the client's needs. She is comfortable designing across a range of styles- from contemporary to classic- and makes a point to include the client's input throughout the design process. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is serving as 2014 President of the APLD-Michigan Chapter. Anna has recently contributed to media such as "The Designer" and Gardendesign.com and is qualified to speak on a variety of topics from landscape design and maintenance to addressing local garden clubs and organizations.
PO Box 88
Stevensville, MI 49127