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Helping plants through a heat wave and saving water at the same time


Even in our high plain’s region, the higher the normal heat, dryness, and extreme temperature swings of our summers can cause stress and potential damage to the garden. Even plants that prefer warm weather are not always big fans of temperatures above 95 degrees, or drastic changes.

  • What is too hot?

This will depend on the plants – Cool season plants like pansies, snapdragons, and veggies like broccoli, lettuce, etc. don’t like temps above 75. You will see those veggies bolt, (Go to flower and seed). Warm season plants like tomatoes, peppers, squashes, zinnia, impatiens, & annual vinca love & thrive in warm temps (75-90). But when we get in the mid and upper 90’s to 100 even those can slow production or suffer. Newly planted perennials, trees & shrubs too can suffer. The more mature a plant is the better it should be able to withstand the heat.

  • It’s hot outside – Should I water more?

Not necessarily. Plants may look wilted just as a reaction to the afternoon heat, they may bounce back in the cooler evenings. If that happens, they don’t’ need water, if they are still wilted in the AM, they need water. If you just water without knowing how much moisture is in the soil, you may overwater them. Plants can temporarily shut down all their functions when we get to the high 90’s.

– Solution; Get a water meter! AND Water deeply, not just during the heat spell, but all the time. Train the roots to go deeper for water. The deeper the roots go to get water the better off they are when the heat or stress comes. The top few inches of soil dries out much quicker than the deeper soil. This is true of all plant categories – annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees & veggies!

Remember plants are pretty resilient. Just like people – keep your plants as healthy as possible! When they are healthy, they will be more resilient when stressed by heat of other environmental elements.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado


Fireproof your landscape


Homeowners need to know how landscaping can help protect their homes. Planting and maintaining a “defensible space” of landscape is more difficult to ignite, can offer significant fire protection.

Steps to become more fire wise with your landscapes:

  1. Avoid placing plants to close together. Spacing plants apart from one another keeps fire from traveling between them or “climbing” up smaller bushes into the more flammable branches of nearby trees.
  2. Remove flammable debris. Dead trees, shrubs and small plants growing close to, or underneath larger trees will fuel a fire and should be removed. Keep gutters clean, and make sure plants are well-watered. Mow natural grasses and weeds to six inches or less within 30 feet of structures to prevent flames from traveling across a yard.

Replace flammable landscaping with fire-resistant plants and mulch. Incorporating perennials instead of low-moisture shrubs and using gravel instead of bark mulch can provide better fire barriers to a home. Fire-resistant plants are high in moisture, have fewer leaves or needles, stay close to the ground, and do not require significant pruning and re-seeding following a fire. Pavers, concrete, and brick are best for patios.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado


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