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Melinda's Garden Moment: Waterwise Gardening Tips

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No matter where you live, being a waterwise gardener makes environmental and economic sense. And it's really easier than you think.

Use rain barrels to capture rain off your roof or directly from the sky. Decorate or mask the barrels with nearby plantings.

And connect it to a soaker hose installed in a nearby garden.  Just open the spigot and allow gravity to slowly empty the water throughout the day.

Using soaker hoses and drip irrigation will also save water by applying the water directly to the soil where it is needed.

Group moisture-loving plants together. You'll save time and money spent watering by skipping those drought tolerant plants and lawns that can recover from drought induced dormancy.

Always water thoroughly and less frequently to encourage deep drought tolerant roots. And mulch the soil to conserve moisture and keep roots cool.

Many municipalities, nature centers, and home gardeners are converting 50-gallon food containers into rain barrels. The price is right, but they are not always the most attractive.  Improve their looks with a bit of paint and creativity. Watch the Melinda's Garden Moment on painting rain barrels for tips and techniques.

Visit www.melindamyers.com for more.

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