Jul 26, 2014
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How to Deal With the Drought

University of Illinois Extension offers tips for Chicagoland gardeners and homeowners.

How to Deal With the Drought How to Deal With the Drought


Does this summer’s drought have you worried about your garden and landscaping? The University of Illinois Extension is providing six Dealing with the Drought fact sheets that provide specific advice on what to water, when to water, and how to most efficiently water plants. Information about drought-related stress on plants and leaf scorch is also included.

Some top tips and interesting facts include:

  • Prioritize trees and shrubs over annual flowers as they cannot easily be replaced.
  • Water where the roots are.
  • Brown, dormant lawn is an ideal stage for drought conditions.
  • If you water your lawn, avoid daily watering in favor of less frequent, deep watering, which allows deeper roots.
  • Water-stressed fruit is sweeter.
  • Water in the early morning hours to reduce the chances of disease and evaporation.

Follow the links below to download these free fact sheets:

Plant Stress

Watering Tips for the Home Gardener

Watering Trees and Shrubs

Leaf Scorch

Lawn Care

Proper Sprinkler Usage

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