Keeping Your Home Garden Green and Healthy

The summer heat seems to sneak up on us every year, and this year is no exception. Plants look "tired" in the summer heat. One of many good tactics to help beat the summer-heat-stress problems on flowering plants is to pour a few gallons of Epsom Salt solution on the roots every month. Use 1 tablespoon of generic Epsom Salt per gallon of water. This is a remarkably good tactic, especially on high-demand plants like Gardenias, Palms, and Ixoras. To beat summer drought-stress, deep watering is better than frequent light watering.

Using soaker hoses or drip-irrigation lines at the base of thirsty plants is far more water-efficient than using regular sprinklers, especially if you attach the line to a battery-operated sprinkler timer. Set the timer to water at night or near dawn, for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the tree or hedge. Bury the soaker hose under mulch, and you have the best possible way to efficiently, ethically and legally water plants in these water-challenged times.

These tactics have helped keep many plants in good shape at Pinecrest Gardens, and can help home gardens as well.

Craig Morell
Pinecrest Gardens

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