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9 tips to help your lawn and plants beat the heat

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Above 90-degree weather is not only taxing on us and our pets, it can also be taxing on our gardens.

Lawns can be the first to show signs of heat stress, but valuable new landscapes and newly planted plants can also be at risk.

Here's some hot weather landscape tips from FOX 9 Garden Guy Dale K:

  1. Smart watering, water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.

  2. Adjust and make sure sprinklers are watering your garden and not the driveway.

  3. Use a rain gauge to measure amount of water used.

  4. Use mulch to 3" thick to retain moisture around plants.

  5. Do not fertilize stressed or dormant lawns.

  6. Move hanging baskets and pots into afternoon shade if available.

  7. Vegetables and annual flowers planted in the spring, especially those in containers need daily watering.

  8. Lawns that are active need 1.5" per week to keep green.

  9. Newly planted landscapes need one to two good soakings per week in drought conditions.
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