How to Keep Your Garden Growing in Times of Drought
Record high temperatures and drought conditions have been recorded across parts of the Midwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and the South. With conditions so dry, it's important for everyone to practice good water management practices.
Among the things the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends we do:
Drip irrigation is nothing new to Susie Thayer, an expert in landscape irrigation from Dundee, Fla. It has been the primary method of irrigation at her family's citrus groves and nursery for decades.
Realizing it would also be useful for ornamental nurseries, commercial landscapers and even home gardeners, the Thayers began manufacturing this method for other commercial growers in 1980 under the Maxijet brand. In 1991, it became available to consumers under the Mister Landscaper name.
There are currently two Mister Landscaper kits available. The Micro Sprinkler Starter Kit is for flower and vegetable gardens and areas where trees and shrubs grow. It comes with a 50 foot roll of 1/2 inch poly tubing and all the accessories needed to mist up to a 250 square feet of growing space. The Patio Watering kit includes all the hose and accessories you need to water up to eight potted plants.
Both systems are easy to install and require little maintenance. Thayer points out that once you set up the system and connect it to your water faucet or existing irrigation system, you can cover it with mulch or leave it exposed because it is made with UV inhibited resins that last years in cold northern climates and in hot southern states.
In addition to directing water exactly where it's needed, Thayer recommends you also mulch around shrubs and garden plants. "Mulch will reduce evaporation and cut down on weeds," she says.
You can find Mister Landscaper Micro Sprinkler and Patio Watering kits at Lowe's Home Improvement stores across the country, or order online direct from the company by logging on to www.misterlandscaper.com.
Courtesy of ARA Content
For more information on watering your garden and plants, please read this article on components of a drip irrigation system.