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Plants Looking Stressed?!

Plants Looking Stressed?!

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!

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