Water-Wise Gardening – Family Plot
Water-Wise Gardening – Family Plot

Hi, Joellen, it’s hot. – It’s July. – It’s July. And folks, I don’t know if they really wanna
go out there and water their plants, so can we help ’em out, and give ’em a few ideas? – Yeah, and something that they can do right
away, one of the first things that you can do if you haven’t already done this is mulch. Simply putting some mulch on the ground will
help retain moisture in the soil and it will also keep the temperature more stable for
the roots of your plants. It can also help when it degrades, it will
add nutrients to the soil. And of course, it prevents that crust, because
sometimes when the water hits the soil surface, it puts a little crust layer on the soil,
and then when it rains again, that layer is so tight that it lets water run off rather
than soak in the ground, and mulch helps prevent all of that, so mulching is a great idea. Another thing that you can do to help yourself
and your plants is to water either in the morning or in the evening before the sun sets. You’ve got to let the flowers and the leaves
dry off before the sun sets, because that’s gonna set a perfect scenario for diseases
to set in, so you wanna prevent that, but watering in the morning and watering in the
evening is a nicer time of day, it’s cooler, morning is the best if you can do that, but
you know with people’s hectic schedules and trying to get to work, as long as you water
in the evening before the sun sets so that the leaves can dry off, that’s a good time
to water. Another thing you can do is plant groups of
plants together that require the same types of water requirements. And how will you know you’ve done that, well,
if you have a container or an area that you planted a whole different kinds of plants
in there, you water ’em, and then some of them die, well they don’t like that much water
or you don’t water ’em enough and some of ’em live, and some of ’em didn’t live because
you didn’t water enough. Well you’ll know that the water requirements
for that particular plant that didn’t live is not conducive to the other plants that
you’ve planted it with. Good examples for some dry kind of flowers
and plants that can take drought would be like your Dusty Millers and your Lantanas,
also there’s some grass called Mexican feather grass, it does really well with dry areas. Then of course for larger trees, you’ve got
your hollies, anything with, you gotta think thick leaved, anything that has got a thick
leaf on it like your Indian Hawthornes and your Magnolias and your Hollies, those all
can take some drought because they have thicker leaves on them. A lot of herbs can do that too, you think
of your sages and your oreganos and your rosemaries and the bay leaf, all of those can take more
drought situation because they have larger, thicker leaves. Let’s see, also, Memphis area is very humid. – [Chris] Yes it is. and I don’t like putting
water in the air to water things. If you can use soaker hoses, that would be
the best thing that you can do, because it puts water right on the root zone where the
plants need it. And you will save yourself money and time
by having soaker hoses, and just all you have to do is go out and hook up a soaker hose,
and come back in and then 30 minutes later go out and check, and maybe give it another
30 minutes or not, and you’re done, and you don’t have to stand there and water anything. So if you can use some kind of system that
puts as large of particles of water as possible out, you’re not gonna be evaporating a lot
of it in the heat, so you’re not gonna make Memphis any more humid than it already is,
but yes, and you’ll save yourself money in the long run because you won’t have to use
so much water. And now if you have some time, when you are
planting, I highly recommend adding organic matter to the soil because soils here in this
area are very small in size, and they are very tightly held together, there’s not a
lot of air and water movement and space for the roots to even grow, so if you amend the
soil, organic matter will break that up and give you larger areas to hold water, roots,
and air movement. So you’re gonna do a better job for yourself,
save yourself some time in the long run and not use as much water if you have water that
stays in the ground a lot longer, and organic matter will help you do that. – Yes, I can hear Mr. Jim Vogus in my head
right now, “Pour space, that’s what we need, pour space.” – And organic matter will help you do that,
it sure will. – Now let’s go back to the mulchings for a
second, so do you prefer one over another. – It depends on what it is, and where it’s
at. I tend to like mulches that are gonna stay
on the ground for a lot longer, and that’s like your cypress and your cedar mulches,
because you don’t have to spend more money to add more mulch to the soil, and that’s,
I usually put those in areas that I’ve already finished and I’m not gonna be digging in those
areas anymore. Another thing, if you’ve got slopes, you’ve
gotta watch, you don’t want something that’s gonna run, so pine needles tend to really
do well on slopes, and hold the soil and all the plants and everything so that’s, I would
prefer that, it depends on the situation is what mulch I would prefer to put on there. – I think about the pine needles and the slopes,
okay, alright, makes sense, okay. And you did mention about using the soaker
hoses because you don’t want that foliage to be wet, you know with the overhead watering
which I see a lot in the evening, in my own neighborhood, yeah that’s just prime set up
for fungal diseases and things like that, so we don’t want people to do that. – And if you’re really good, then you’ll have
put the soaker hoses down and then mulched on top of them, so you’ve got even, and in
the sunlight, it’ll look better, the sunlight won’t degrade the soaker hose, and they can
stay in there for years and years and years and years. – And I do like the whole idea of grouping
plants together of water requirements, I think that’s pretty smart. – Yeah. It works. And they all look good, there’s a lot of plants
like succulents for example, very popular right now, and they don’t take a whole lot
of water, and they look great, so– – Of course, I have to throw in, native plants,
once they’re acclimated and well-established, tend to respond favorably to the amount of
water we get in our area. – Yes, they do, and they can take more of
our soils, too, which is good. – Yeah, that’s a good thing. Alright, Joellen, we appreciate that information,
alright. – You’re welcome.

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