As the temperature in New Mexico rises, our landscape plants and gardens need a little extra love! Here are a few tips:
- Deep water trees once a week. Soak shrubs, lawns, perennials, annuals and vegetable gardens every other day, more if they are drying out to quickly.
- Check container plantings and raised beds every day as size, plant type and soil type can make a big difference in watering needs.
- Newly-planted plants will need to be watered every day.
- Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation. Avoid overhead watering annuals, perennials, small trees and shrubs.
- Maintain your lawn at about 3 to 4 inches, shorter blades will leave it more vulnerable to our scorching heat.
- Mulch will help to reduce evaporation and keep roots cooler.
- Avoid fertilizing during heat waves. Avoid certain herbicides and insecticides during hot times as they can damage them. Always read the labels!
- Use shade cloth or row covers to give your plants some much needed relief. If possible, move plants to a shady area... they will love you for it!
- Last but not least, make sure you are hydrating yourself!