Water Smart Peel Offers Summertime Gardening Tips
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 8, 2010) – Despite the Greater Toronto Area coming off two of the wettest summers on record, weather forecasts for summer 2010 anticipate a long, dry spell. To usher in the outdoor season, Water Smart Peel offers a number of tips to help residents use resources responsibly so that lawns and gardens stay healthy this summer.
Even though forecasts anticipate below average precipitation, that doesn’t mean lawns require above average watering. Applying too much water to a lawn leads to shallow roots, which makes it easier for pests and weeds to grow. To keep grass healthy, apply only a half inch of water twice a week.
To maximize water absorption, water lawns and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Early or late watering also promotes healthy root growth and avoids evaporation. Adjust sprinklers to avoid unnecessary watering of walkways, driveways, sidewalks and streets.
Residents and businesses are also encouraged to take part in Water Wise Wednesdays – the one day of the week where everyone refrains from watering lawns and gardens to help conserve energy used in the treatment process, place less strain on the natural environment and raise awareness of water as a precious resource.
And don’t worry about lawns turning brown in the summer - it’s a natural defence kicking in and there’s no need to over-water. Lawns will rejuvenate and return to green once it rains and the weather cools. During an extensive drought - three weeks of heat and no rain - give your lawn a deep soaking in the early morning hours to provide a helping hand until the rain returns.
When mowing, leave grass clippings on the lawn; it provides moisture and is a natural fertilizer for lawns. Also mow high (2-3 in.) to help lawns retain moisture and crowd out weeds, and keep mower blades sharp to allow grass to recover faster.
For more information on summer watering and to sign up for a free Fusion Landscape Consultation, visit www.watersmartpeel.ca or call 905-791-7800, ext. 4409.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.