Thanks to Wayne and Jean in New Jersey for once again common sense gardening practices that results in improving our lives. Using native plants is a green feature of a home by needing less watering, fertilizer and pesticides all make it a sustainable garden plus local wildlife such and bees, birds and butterflies will benefit.
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NJ is having a hot and dry July, and our plants have noticed.
If you're not good at remembering to water your plants or maybe don't want to use all the water, but you still want a nice healthy garden, you can choose plants that thrive in this kind of weather. Plants that are native to NJ will thrive in NJ's climate with little attention from the homeowner.
Here's a short list of some beautiful trees that are native to NJ and have very low water needs:
Crabapple American Holly Black Walnut
Some NJ native shrubs:
New Jersey Tea Fragrant Sumac Viburnum
Drought Resistant Herbaceous Plants:
Butterfly Weed Tick Seed Sunflower Wood Fern
American alumroot Blazing Star Foxglove Beardtongue
Non-native plants will require more effort to keep alive during the long dry hot summers in NJ.
Another way to help reduce your garden-watering time and costs is to mulch. Spreading a layer of mulch around the base of plants keeps them from drying out longer.
Finally, when you water your garden or lawn, be sure to water during the cooler early morning or evening hours. This will reduce evaporation and therefore provide more water for your plants.
~ Wayne & Jean
Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work!
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