Forget the guilt about what’s going on outside. It’s not your fault that it’s hot!
• Check sprinklers and adjust timers weekly if necessary.
• Pre-irrigate to soften the ground for tilling in preparation for fall gardens.
• When the lawn needs mowing, mow cool-season grasses, such as tall fescue, to 3 inches and bermudagrass to 1 inch. Mowing shorter than these levels will encourage weeds and a shallow, less drought tolerant root structure.
• Prune apricot, oleander and olive trees during dry weather to reduce future disease problems.
•Cut back on fertilizer when water is limited and landscape plants remain in drought survival mode.
• Avoid planting annuals and perennials unless it is absolutely necessary.
• Bulbs, corms, tubers: autumn crocus.
• A few winter vegetables may be planted from seed. Consult the California Garden Web for more information.
• Annuals and perennials: fibrous begonia (Begonia semperflorens), vinca (Catharanthus), cockscomb (Celosia), morning glory (Convolvulus tricolor).
• Bulbs, corms, tubers: dahlia.]
• Trees, shrubs, vines: trumpet vine (Campsis), hydrangea, morning glory (Ipomoea).
• Fruits and vegetables: eggplant, fig, garlic, grapes, onion.
Things to ponder:
• Keep water away from trunks of trees and crowns of plants.
• Drought tip: Preserve the largest climate appropriate plants in the landscape.