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Garden Revival: Gardening Expert Melinda Myers Shares Tips for Helping Gardens Recover From Extreme Weather Conditions
Date:5/17/2013

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) May 17, 2013

Spring floods, summer droughts and temperature extremes take their toll on gardens and the gardeners who tend them. Help gardens recover from the crazy temperature and moisture extremes that seem to occur each year. Myers suggests the following steps to revive gardens and keep them looking their best.

Start by assessing the current condition of the landscape. Remove dead plants as soon as possible. They can harbor insect and disease organisms that can infest healthy plantings. Consider replacing struggling plants with healthy plants better suited to the space, growing conditions and landscape design. Often times, it is better and less time consuming to start over rather than trying to nurse a sick plant back to health.

Select plants suited to the growing environment and that includes normal rainfall. Every season is different, but selecting plants suited to the average conditions will minimize the care needed and increase the odds for success. Roses, coneflowers, sedums and zinnias are just a few drought-tolerant plants. Elderberry, ligularia, Siberian iris and marsh marigold are a few moisture tolerant plants.

Be prepared for the worst case scenario. Install an irrigation system, such as the Snip-n-drip soaker system, in the garden. It allows gardeners to apply water directly to the soil alongside plants. This means less water wasted to evaporation, wind and overhead watering. It will also reduce the risk of disease by keeping water off the plant leaves.

A properly installed and managed irrigation system will help save water. The convenience makes it easy to water plantings thoroughly, encouraging deep roots, and only when needed. Turn the system on early in the day while tending to other gard
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