Hope remains for plants, lawns in extreme heat, says gardening expert
MILWAUKEE- With the extreme heat and lack of rainfall in southeast Wisconsin, one gardening expert believes there is still hope for lawns and plans to be healthy for the summer.
"The weather has been bad for us and plants," said gardening expert Melinda Myers to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure.
She says for container plants, plants that grown exclusively in containers and not in the ground, to give them a good soaking and to check on them twice a day. "You may need to move them to the shade," suggested Myers.
For new plants and annuals -- she recommends a thorough watering and to check on them each day. She said it is better to give them a thorough watering less frequently than to water them a couple times each day.
While you can be limited on when you can water your garden, she suggests watering really early in the morning so less water is lost to evaporation.
In terms of lawns, "they can still be brought back," said Myers. But she cautions to water the lawn enough so they survive, but don't water it heavily unless you can water it consistently.
She said the worst thing you can do for a lawn is to water it green, then ignore it. She argues it's better for the lawn to stay dormant and have nature take its course instead of watering a lawn infrequently.