Be Water Wise!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Center

If you are experiencing drought-like conditions in your area, as we are in Waukesha, WI, chances are you are ready for a cool drink! But, so are your plants. I read an article recently in Better Homes and Gardens, that explained when nature stops providing regular rainfall, it's up to you to supplement. Give these timely watering tips a try:

 

1. Check containers daily. Do the finger test---if the top inch of the soil is dry, it's time to water. Small pots dry out faster than big ones. Pots set in the shade stay moist longer than those in full sun of course.

 

2. Baby Newbies. First-season plants need more frequent watering than established ones. Water new beds two or three times per week, saturating the soil to a depth of 6 to 12 inches to promote deep root systems.

 

3. Conserve H20. Running a sprinkler in the cooler hours of early morning reduces evaporation loss. Where practical, set up a drip irrigation system or a soaker hose to minimize waste. I also use my ECO rain barrel system to water my plants and beds.

 

4. Apply mulch. Surround plants with 3 to 4 inches of shredded wood or compost. Mulch reduces evaporation and shades out water hogging weeds. I also love to use my composter and when ready, use the compost in my beds.

 

 

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Adrian Willanger
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Kristin, thanks for the tips on ways to preserve one of most valued natural resources.

July 21, 2012 06:48 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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Kristin, Thank you for the great tips. 

July 21, 2012 06:48 AM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Thanks Fred, yes it is....have a good one!

Mark, that is good though..

Adrian, you bet!

Thanks Gita!

July 21, 2012 07:01 AM
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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Yes the rain barrel! We had 2 growing up. I did not love them since I was the one who had to schlep the water around. "Why can't we use the hose MOM?" was my daily plea....

July 21, 2012 07:40 AM
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee Home Inspector
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Central Illinois, much the same as you're getting. Nothing for weeks, then a deluge of biblical proportions. Sad to see some plants just give up and never recover. August has to be better than July. Good luck.

July 21, 2012 07:43 AM
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John Pusa
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Kristin - You are right we need to be water wise. Thanks for the great information about conserving water.

July 21, 2012 08:27 AM
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Roger D. Mucci
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I have had to water the plants on my porch twice a day since it's been so hot and dry.

July 21, 2012 08:29 AM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Steve, what memories huh?  An imprint for sure :-)

Thanks Scott...same to you!

John, you betcha!

Hey Roger, I know what you mean....

July 21, 2012 09:30 AM
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kristin,  This has been a year of very little water in our state.  Thanks for the great tips.

July 21, 2012 10:44 AM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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YOu bet Will...same here!

July 21, 2012 12:09 PM
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Kevin J. May

Conserving as much as we can is the priority Kristin.  Irrigation is at dusk and the wee hours before sunup to keep evaporation at a minimum.  We've been under restriction for awhile.  Excellent tips, thank you!  

July 21, 2012 02:18 PM
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I'm with Rob, normally water shortage isn't a problem. But, then we get a call saying we are under orders to boil all our water until further notice.

July 21, 2012 02:19 PM
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Cindy Edwards
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Hi Kristin,

I learned about rain barrells a couple years ago from your blogs.  I have two connected and use them all the time.  I fill my pond, and water all my flowers and gardens.  Love that I am re-useing rain water and not paying for it.  I also have a composter. 

July 21, 2012 03:01 PM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Thanks Kevin....agreed!

Todd, bummer on that!

Cindy, love that!! I love my rainbarrel and my composter too..yeah us!

July 21, 2012 03:44 PM
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Ron Marshall
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We learned a long time ago that running a drip hose is far more efficient and better for the vegetables, especially, than "sprinkilng" them.  The slugs and other pests love wet leaves.  The plants prefer wet root systems to moisten themselves.

July 21, 2012 06:24 PM
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Lou Ludwig
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Kristin

Great post on conserving water, it's something that we need to think about and practice.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

July 21, 2012 07:59 PM
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We've been using a drip system since they first hit the market years ago. My husband is a great advocate.

July 22, 2012 07:04 AM
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Ron, you are a smart man!

Lou, we sure do!

Toni, again, you are way ahead of the game :-)

July 22, 2012 07:42 AM
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Hello my friend these are wise tips especially with the heat we have been experiencing. Hope you are doing well.

 

July 22, 2012 01:33 PM
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I sure am...hope the same for you Pat!

July 22, 2012 02:45 PM
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