Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2005
Regional Report

Water Efficiently

Watering is the most important duty for the gardener now. Make sure that everything receives the water it needs to survive. Drip systems should be inspected and repaired, irrigation timers should be set to water during the early morning or late evening hours. Container plants should be monitored closely, and hanging plants should probably be watered daily.

Take Care of Hoses

The humble garden hose is your garden's best friend. Store hoses coiled, away from direct sunlight and free of kinks. When coiling a hose, make sure you don't drag the male fitting across the ground or you could damage the threads. Reduce the pressure when storing hoses if you use a nozzle fitting.

Pinch Fuchsias

Fuchsias bloom on new wood. Keep the branch tips pinched back to encourage new growth. A quick overall haircut with a pair of pruning shears followed by an application of 0-10-10 fertilizer will keep your fuchsias blooming through summer.

Submerge Indoor Plants

Houseplants will appreciate a dunk during the summer months. Submerging pots in a deep basin filled with water will hydrate the entire root ball. Allow pots to soak for 15 to 30 minutes, or until bubbles stop rising to the surface. Water indoor plants this way at least once a month during the summer.

Keep Bird Baths Full

Everybody appreciates a drink on a warm day, even birds. Keep bird baths clean and full during warm summer weather. Encouraging birds into your garden will help eliminate insect pests.

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