How Your Garden Can Survive a Drought

Posted by gardening in drought on 2nd Oct 2015

According to experts, California is suffering its worst drought in over 500 years.

The drought has even prompted Governor Jerry Brown to issue this statement about the drought in his state recently:

“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,”Brown said.

“Therefore, I'm issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”

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This had to be devastating news for residents who have gardens to take care of. How do you manage to take care of your garden during a drought?

Droughts can not only kill plants and flowers but even if it manages to survive it can still weaken them and makes them more open to insects and diseases.

Droughts can have a long lasting impact on plant life forever. California may not ever totally recover from this five year drought that has devastated much of the state.

There are tips out there for those of you who are going through this situation and need to know what to if you are ever in a drought.

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Yes it’s ok to water your plants even if you are in the middle of a drought. What you do is water your plants once a week or once every other week. An inch of water per week should be enough to take care of your plants.

Applying mulch also helps. Now, normally we tell you to use mulch during the winter months to keep the soil warm, it also works in keeping soil moist during drought too.

Applying two to three inches of soil keeps the soil cool and helps keeps the sun directly off of the plants. It also helps if you water the mulch too before putting it around your plants.

Stop fertilizing your plants. Although fertilizing is supposed to help grow your plants, in this case it may ruin them. Fertilizer has salt and if the salt builds up in the soil because it is not naturally leaching out with water, it can build up over time and burn the roots.

Under normal circumstances, fertilizing is the right thing to do but in this situation, it’s best to follow these instructions rather than take an unnecessary chance.

Weeds are never a good thing especially during a drought. It goes without saying then that if you have weeds, pull them. Weeds rob plants and flowers of its moisture which of course they desperately need during this time.

Deadheading your flowers is basically removing spent blooms before they have a chance to set seed and zap the energy of your other plants or flowers because they will need more water in order to grow.

What California is going through right now is a horrible situation. Going through a drought and being told you might have to let your gardens, your plants, flowers and grass die in order to save water, cannot be an easy thing to do especially if you are a gardener.

These tips are easier said than done in most cases. But if you find yourself in a situation where you are in the middle of drought conditions, it’s best to take the advice and do what you can to save your garden.

Quite frankly, I don’t know if these tips can help you especially if you live in a state where you have had drought conditions going on the last five years.

But if you live in a state or a region of the country that has a shorter drought conditions, these helpful tips should get you through it.