This weekend it’s all about September Gardening. There are so many things to do this month that we’ve decided to make it a three day event. Today, it’s all about water and your garden spaces.
· Maintain the water level in your water garden. Keep fountains and water features properly maintained. As we approach winter, be sure your water features and are in good working order before you drain them and turn them off as the colder weather approaches.
· Replenish mulches around trees and shrubs, and water every two to four days, three times a week if possible.
· Late summer. Mature trees can lose hundreds of gallons of water daily through transpiration; unless this lost moisture is replaced, the trees will lose fruit and leaves. Be sure to water the trunk of your trees and the upper canopies as well. Water generously this month, especially after the hot summer we had this year. Mow around the trees to remove vegetation that can use the trees’ moisture. Mowing also creates a smooth surface for harvesting.
·A dry month. September can be very dry, so keep a close eye on the moisture in your container plants. It doesn’t take but one severe wilting of the plants to ruin the quality of the container display.
Water Fountains are Gardenwise
When you think about your outside spaces, take it to the next level and add a water feature! Fountains and water features come in many interesting shapes and sizes and can deliver transforming results.
There’s something about water and the sight and sound of it trickling and tumbling over stones and splashing into a pool. It’s one of the most enjoyable and relaxing additions to any garden. When the sunlight sparkles and all the colors from your garden appear in the water’s reflection, you’ll be hooked! An added bonus? The birds you’ll attract with a fountain will make for a great natural pest control and improve the fertility of your soil. And with a good supply of water in your garden, they’ll eat less of your fruits and vegetables.
Below is a water feature I designed and installed — and here are more fountains
Water Fountains Make an Impact
It’s the second day of spring, and I’m thinking about water features! There’s nothing more inspiring than a well designed water feature blended into the natural environment to transform your garden into a destination. Let’s revisit an informative LOWE’s story by Jake Fowler from last year on water feature – water fountain trends that continue with full force into 2011.