by Connie Oswald Stofko
Make sure you keep your plant watered enough to get through dry weather, and do it without wasting a lot of time.
Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener, shares tips on how to accomplish that in “Wise Watering,” part of this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. The articles aren’t yet posted on the WNY Gardening Matters site, but you can read them by clicking on the links in my article here.
Make sure that when you water, you get water down to where the roots are.
“Roots grow where the water is,” Harlos said in “Wise Watering.” “If water only soaks down to a depth of half an inch, that’s where the roots will be. The closer the roots are to the surface, the more easily they can dry out and die.”
Watering deeply will not only get the water to where it’s needed, it will encourage the plant to grow deeper roots so that it is able to withstand hot, dry weather.
Adding organic material such as compost or well rotted manure increases the moisture-holding capacity of soil. A layer of mulch also lessens evaporation from the soil, she said.
Harlos has lots of easy-to-understand information about watering in this article. Read it here.
The other articles in July’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters include an article on the interesting giant red velvet mite. There is also an article on what to do in your garden this month, which includes information on what might be ailing your clematis, too.