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Tip of the Week: Plan Ahead to Water Less

There are steps you can take during spring planting to reduce your garden's summer water use. Read these water-saving garden tips.

To cut down on the supplemental water that your garden will need during hot, dry periods in the summer, take action in the spring:

  • Choose plants wisely. Look for plants that tolerate drought.
  • Amend the soil with organic matter, especially if it is sandy. Clay soil and rich soil are better able to retain water than sandy soil.
  • Space plants close together. Closely planted gardens are more likely to get by without supplemental watering than gardens with wide empty spaces are.
  • Mulch! Several inches of mulch will help the soil conserve moisture.

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