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Planning for Summer

Planning for Summer drought During the early and oftentimes rain-drenched days of spring, it can seem like there may never be a time when plants will struggle to get their share of water. But drought can affect any area, and arid climates in particular. Ensuring gardens can survive drought takes patience and forethought. Drought can be particularly troubling for avid gardeners because it can wreak havoc on lawns and gardens. In addition to causing changes in the physical appearance, including wilted, dried out leaves and stalks, drought can weaken the integrity of plants. This makes plants more susceptible to disease and attacks from plantpreying insects, according to Better Homes & Gardens. In addition, it can take years for plants to recover from drought. So what can gardeners do? While they may not be able to prevent damage to plants from drought, gardeners are not helpless. • Water well infrequently. Get plants used to a thorough watering every week or every other week. This will help develop strong, deep roots rather than shallow ones that will need frequent watering to thrive. • Choose drought-tolerant plants. Homeowners can work with garden centers and landscape professionals to create gardens that are full of water-wise plants and flowers. Some examples of plants that can survive with minimal water include the blanket flower, Spanish lavender, euphorbia rigida, and kangaroo paw. • Apply a layer of mulch. Mulch can protect delicate plants and the rest of the landscape by reducing the evaporation of soil moisture. Mulch will keep soil cool and moist. • Skip the fertilizer. Since fertilizers encourage plant growth, it’s best to skip them during drought, as growing plants require extra water. • Invest in rain barrels. When it rains, maximize the amount of water that can be collected by connecting rain barrels to downspouts on the house. This water can be used to water gardens when dry weather returns. • Use organic materials. Amend the soil with organic materials, like compost. The Grow Network advises that light, fluffy soils with air pockets in between the soil particles route water efficiently during floods and retain moisture for plants. Therefore, such soils can perform very well during drought. Gardens can survive drought with simple actions and smart planting. GT184840 2347 Hwy 247 C Byron GA 31008 | 478.956.2222 | raccoonstoneandtile@gmail.com 16 Raccoon Stone and Tile Works, Inc. has been one of the top professional companies providing quality service in fabrication and installation of granite, quartz, and marble for over 20 years in the middle Georgia area. We fabricate countertops, vanities, tub surrounds, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and other specialty projects. Our experienced fabricators and installers pay great attention to detail as each project is unique. Through our relationships with several stone distributors, Raccoon Stone and Tile Works, Inc. is pleased to offer a wide selection of natural stones. We have a yard full of slabs to choose from so be sure to stop by our showroom and view the natural beauty of these stones in person. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be glad to discuss the many options with you. We are conveniently located about a half a mile west of the interstate at the Warner Robins exit 146. Our showroom hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 to 5:00. Call us today! 478-956-2222. Spring HOME & GARDEN 2018

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