The winter’s mild temperatures and lack of snow have continued into the summer season with record setting temperatures and drought conditions. This lack of moisture is having a dramatic effect on the soil which is causing lawns to go dormant and plantings to suffer in their beds. A good way to assist the plantings in the beds is to “insulate” them with a layer of mulch. With very little chance of rain in the forecast, mulch helps to moderate the soil temperature and retain any and all moisture the plants receive whether it is through rainfall or watering.
The Morton Arboretum has detailed guidelines for keeping your trees and shrubs adequately watered. Click here to read more.