Get Growing: How to Protect Plants, Grass from Dog Days of Summer

Updated: 07/21/2014 5:43 PM
Created: 07/21/2014 3:55 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The heat is on! Between the heat and the sunshine you'll bake outside.

You may be thinking about what you should do to make sure your garden and your grass survive these temperatures.

Gardening guru Larry Pfarr says the most important tip to keep in mind is your grass and gardens need one inch of water per week. He suggests doing all the watering at one time, not a little bit here and there.

A good tip is to put rain gauges in your gardens to find out how long it takes your sprinklers or irrigation systems to sprinkler that one inch of water on your lawn and gardens.

The best times to water are early in the morning or early in the evening. Avoid watering in the afternoon when it's hot, Pfarr says the water will evaporate too quickly.

Pfaff says you also want to allow time in the evening for plants to dry off before the sun sets to avoid bacterial and fungal problems.

Another tip to keep your garden cool, is to lay down mulch to keep the moisture in.

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