CRETE | The Crete Woman's Club 23rd annual garden walk “A Day in the Country” Water Wise Gardening to be held June 25, 26 and 27 will focus on water saving tips.
According to a recent issue of the University of Illinois Extension Gardener’s Corner, “As we approach spring not only is the deep soil moisture lacking, but any upper soil profile moisture available will be quickly used unless there is adequate rainfall."
The article suggests that gardeners compost, select drought tolerant plants and water properly. It goes on to state that organic matter provided by composting or mulching holds water but the best advantage to plants is watering properly.
“Watering at the base of a plant or using drip hose rather than using a sprinkler prevents water loss into the air or off target areas. Allowing the water time to soak in deeply will encourage plants to send roots deeper into the soil, making them more drought-tolerant.”
Selecting native plants with deep roots is another U of I suggestion for conserving water.
These and many other water saving tips will be foremost in the Crete Woman’s garden walk in June. Illinois master gardeners will be on hand with information on “Every Drop Counts." For more information call (708) 672-4820 or visit cretewomansclub.org.