Spring Garden Tips
Water Trees for their Health and Longevity

Save energy, care for new trees, and conserve water in one easy step.

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mgm_audio_192_water_trees Proper watering is one of the most important things you can do for the health and longevity of your trees.

Water new plantings thoroughly and often enough to keep the root ball and soil beyond moist. Check newly planted trees growing in well-drained soils twice a week and those in heavy clay soils once a week. Even established trees benefit from thorough watering during drought. Water thoroughly whenever the top 4 to 6 inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist.

Make watering easier with this homemade device. Convert discarded 5 gallon buckets into slow-release watering devices. Drill holes in the bottom of the bucket. Place several buckets beneath the tree canopy. You’ll need to apply 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree. Fill the buckets with water and let gravity do the work. You’ll be applying the water to the soil where it is needed and lose less to evaporation and run off.

A bit more information: Mulching with several inches of woodchips, shredded bark or other organic material will help conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and improve the soil as it breaks down. Keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree and replenish as needed.

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Water Wise Gardening

Use water wisely in your landscape to save you time, improve plant health and reduce your water bill.

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Water Wise Gardening

No matter where you live, being a water wise gardener makes environmental and economic sense. And it’s really easier than you think.

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Watering Tips for New Trees

Save time, energy, and conserve water while caring for your new trees.

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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

You can grow garden fresh produce while conserving water and limiting the time spent watering.

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Weed Control

It starts with one little plant. Next thing you know your garden is overrun with them. Some start from seeds that have been dormant in the soil for years while others move in on the wind, in soil additives or with garden transplants.

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Weed Your Garden Day - June 13th

Break out the cupcakes and balloons and get ready to celebrate Weed Your Garden Day on June 13th.

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Wilted Plant Leaves

Stop, put down the hose and make sure that wilted plant needs more, not less water before turning on the faucet.

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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.

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Winter Protection for Evergreens

Make this the fall you protect your evergreens before winter winds and snowloads cause your arborvitae to split and rhododendrons to wither.

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Winter Rose Protection

Help your roses through the winter and be rewarded with beautiful blooms next season.

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Year of the Watermelon

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2013 the Year of the Watermelon.

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