Week 14 – Watering in the heat

We're READY!!

The garden is tour ready!!  A little deadheading and lawn clean up and it’s ready to go.  Come to the tour this Sunday from 9:30 to 3:00 at 3030 W 46th Avenue, right on the corner of Federal and 46th, just off I-70. A $10 donation at the gate goes to the Dumb Friends League.

The last task performed today was hand clipping the lawn edges.  Hand clipping may be old school but it makes a nice uniform edge and looks much more manicured.

Deena hand manicuring the lawn

It’s finally getting warmer and now we have to be careful of the 90 degree weather that is coming.

Hanging baskets can dry up extremely fast here in Colorado.  Low humidity and strong winds can dry out a hanging basket in a couple of hours.  If a basket dries out and the soil separates from the sides of the pot if may be hard for the plants to recover.  Some may need to be watered twice a day when it’s in the 90’s.  It’s hard to over water a hanging basket because they drain so well.  Use a moisture meter or the finger test to see if you need to water.   Some people prefer morning watering and some prefer evening.  Whichever, water your pots and baskets until they start to leak out the bottom, and make sure they don’t totally dry out.

As a side note, if you let it totally dry out and it won’t come back, please don’t water it and take it back to your local garden center soaking wet and act like you don’t understand what happened to it.  When it’s 90 degrees outside, check your baskets twice a day.

Since we are in a drought and some can water just twice a week make sure you give your lawn a good soaking on your watering day before 10am or after 6pm.  This will make the roots go deeper instead of being close to the ground where they will dry up in the hot sun.  With the drought no one will have a beautiful green lawn.  Use Revive to help the lawn hold more moisture.  Don’t use crazy concoctions on your lawn using detergent, ammonia, salt or pop.  Revive will help feed the roots deeper and help your lawn retain water.  All the garden experts and the CSU extension can verify that this is a true fact.

Mike talks about hanging baskets and Joe talks about using Revie on your lawn

I walked around the garden early this morning with the dew on the garden and is was beautiful.  A trip to Rob’s garden is always a treat so come on down this Sunday for the tour.

Happy Gardening!!

To view this week’s segment check out: http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=339989

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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