Breaking records isn’t always good, especially when the sun scorches the earth and rain is nowhere in sight. Thank goodness August is nearing the end of the month. The heat makes us think about water conservation and installing a rain collection system for future water saving.
This is the time to take a walk around your yard and garden area. Decide which plants haven’t done well this year and which ones should be removed or relocated. When the cooler days of fall arrive you will be ready to redo your landscape.
This is the season to trim roses for a full fall burst of color (except climbers). Usually, it is recommended to cut back one-third of the bush. With this year’s drought, I would remove broken and dead limbs only and tip the stems to shape; then feed and water.
The drought has caused many allergies. There are green plants that can help to clean the air in your house. Be aware of the light and water needs of the house plants. Keep the plants properly watered. Watch for insects. Add water soluble fertilizer when watering and keep the leaves clean. Some of the plants recommended are: air plane plant, hoya, purple waffle plant, English ivy, asparagus fern and purple heart plant. Your nursery person will have more choices.
Fruit trees, vines, and bushes have completed fruit bearing or lost the fruit to wind or animals. They should be fed and watered, as drought-stressed trees will have malformed fruit and reduce next year’s production. The trees and bushes will be setting buds for next year. If you have water sprouts or suckers coming from the main trunk, remove them. Continue to mulch the soil under the trees to maintain moisture and detour weeds.
To water large trees, stretch a soaker hose under the tree about halfway between the trunk and the drip line. Turn it low and let it run all night. When you do this, you should not have to water again for several weeks.
Pray for rain???