Water Conservation Is Now

Remove spent blossoms from your hydrangeas now to help them need less water

Remove spent blossoms from your hydrangeas now to help them need less water.

All around the metro area of Birmingham we are now being asked to conserve water with voluntary conservation measures. What can I do and still keep my plants alive until we have some rainy weather? Here are a few tip that might help. In most cases we are just trying to keep our plants and grass alive.

  •  Weeds use water,too. Be sure that you keep your plantings as weed free as possible.
  • Spent blooms on plants like hydrangea need to be removed just below the flower. Others like coneflowers that produce stalks of flowers need to have their stalks removed as soon as the blooms look bad.
  • Deciduous plants that have severely wilted leaves that cannot be slowly watered (almost drip watered with a hose) can benefit from being stripped of their leaves.
  • If you water with a sprinkler system, water 20% longer and eliminate one of your watering periods. Deep watering will keep you from watering so often.
  • If you are planting a fall vegetable garden, loosen the soil very deep with a shovel or turning folk before planting. Contain all the water to the area around the veggies only. Do not use a sprinkler, but hand water.
  • Put your spring bulbs in the crisper of the fridge and plant in late December.
  • Delay fall planting of annuals like pansies until we have rain.
  • Drip water as many plants as possible, either by hand or with soaker hoses.
  • Pull up all annuals that are looking poor, and do not plant again until it rains.

If you have other suggestions, please let us know, so we can share it with our BGT readers.

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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