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

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 the heat of other environmental elements.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Cycle and soak

Here’s how to cycle and soak:

  • Break up your watering into shorter intervals.
  • For example, if you usually water an area of lawn for about 15 minutes,
  • then don’t apply all the water within one 15-minute timeframe.
  • Watering all at once creates run-off and wasted water your plants won’t get to use.
  • Instead, break the watering time into three intervals so that the water runs for about 5 minutes, and then take a break.
  • This break gives the water time to soak into the soil.
  • It is easy to schedule these cycle-and-soak intervals with the timer on your sprinkler system.
  • By the time each zone has received water, the first zone has had time to absorb the first interval’s water and is ready for the next interval.
  • Need help programming the cycle-and-soak method?
  • Check the manual, look for a video online that walks you through the steps, or consult a landscape professional to help you troubleshoot your turf issues and properly schedule your sprinkler.
  • When scheduling your sprinklers, make sure you’re following any watering rules for your area.
  • They can help you establish good habits and not over-water your lawn.
  • For example, most watering rules prohibit watering midday,
  • which is an excellent guideline since you can lose a lot of irrigation water to evaporation during those hours.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Invite beneficial bugs to your yard

There are those of us who don’t relish contact with insects and worms while working in the yard, but many of them are actually quite beneficial.
For instance:

  • Ladybugs and lacewings prey upon damaging aphids and whiteflies.
  • Ground beetles eat caterpillars and Colorado potato beetles, so they may serve an essential function in your garden.

You’ve created an ecosystem by establishing your landscape, and many of those insects serve a purpose.

If pests are damaging your plants, you can consult a landscape professional or a garden center to bring in more of those beneficial insects.

If you find exotic plant species like bindweed, knapweed, or Canada thistle wreaking havoc on your landscape,

you can even call the Department of Agriculture for insect assistance.

Their Request-a-Bug service operates an insectary that provides biological pest controls—aka, bugs that prey upon those invasive plants.

Colorado residents may request the biocontrols for a fee, and if supplies are sufficient,  the Department of Ag will ship them to you, along with instructions for releasing them in your landscape.
Fees currently run around $30 depending on the request, and they’re due upon delivery.

Supplies are limited and vary from year to year. Consequently, the Insectary may be unable to provide mites for every request per season.

The advantages of biological controls include lessening or eliminating the use of pesticides and establishing useful populations of predatory insects.

As with other treatments, more than one control might be required.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Protect your lawn when it snows

It is that time of the year again, the snow has started.

But when you break out the shovel do you ever forget where your walkway or your driveway ends, and your lawn begins?

It is important to protect your lawn against winter. Lawn care is still needed during the winter months.

Mark your lawn

  • As you shovel you want to make sure you are not hurting your lawn.
  • Putting markers around the edges of your lawn will help you identify where your driveway ends, and your lawn begins.
  • This will prevent you from hitting your lawn and digging up the soil.
  • Shoveled snow is heavier than normal snow, so make sure you do not have any precious plants in harm’s way.
  • Identifying the area of your lawn will save its edges from snow removal tools.

Snow is a good thing

  • Snow acts as an insulator for roots and protects your lawn.
  • The blanket of snow provides water for your lawn.
  • It is best to keep an eye on your fragile plants and try to avoid putting extra snow on top of them.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Lose the lawn bag

Lose the lawn bag
  • Emptying your grass catcher can be a hot, messy job in the heat of summer. Save yourself the work and improve your landscape in the process by grasscycling. Leaving your grass clippings on the lawn helps return nutrients to the soil and reduce evaporation from the soil.
  • If you’ve got a mulching mower, you’re ready to grasscycle. Be sure the blades are sharpened, and your mower will cut your grass into lengths that are perfect for leaving on the lawn.
  • If you’ve left your lawn a little too long and fear the clippings would be too heavy, you can still skip the bag by using your grass clippings as mulch in your vegetable garden. Just like other mulches, the clippings help hold in moisture and keep weeds at bay. Then, be sure to schedule mowing so that you aren’t cutting more than 1/3 of the lawn’s total length. That will leave you with just enough grass to leave on the lawn and reap the benefits of grasscycling.
  • Worried that clippings will make your lawn look messy? Be patient. It may take a few hours, but the clippings will settle into the soil to decompose. If you can’t wait that long, you can gently rake the clippings to spread them and help them settle more quickly.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado


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