Don’t Be Fooled – It Is Dry

Heavy drips from morning dew does not mean that plants don’t need water.

This cool weather can fool you. It has been many days since we have had a soaking rain, and the ground is dry. So watering now, this time of year is a must. I am watering my lawn at least 25 minutes a section in sunny areas a minimum of three times a week. Also, with many of my annuals in pots being so pot bound, they need daily watering. In the case of the pots, I flood them. My vegetable garden is also full of tiny greens as well as transplants. I give them a drink most days, especially if it is windy, and will do so until they are firmly established. As for the established shrubs and perennials, I try to give them a good soaking at least every 4 to 5 days.
Of course these are general rules I follow, but the damp spring and lots of summer rains have spoiled us. Friends, it is dry! And if you don’t water, many of your plants may go into the winter stressed or may die this fall. Let’s hope for some good soaking rains soon.


John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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