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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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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Toni Weidman
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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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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
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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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Pat Whitehouse
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Hello my friend these are wise tips especially with the heat we have been experiencing. Hope you are doing well.

 

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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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I sure am...hope the same for you Pat!

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