Watering northeastern landscapes

R. L. Rhodes
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When it comes to irrigation, landscapes in the Northeast have it much easier than those in more arid parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to fall asleep on the job. Use the following tips to ensure that your landscape gets the most from annual rainfall, and weathers the drier seasons with ease.

  • To make sure your plants have ample time to absorb the water before evaporation sets in, plan on watering your lawn or landscape at night or at dawn.
  • A healthy layer of mulch can help keep moisture close to the soil, while keeping roots cool during the peak of summer heat.
  • The river birch (Betula nigra) and juniper (Juniperus virginiana) are drought-resistant trees native to northeastern landscapes; for shrubs, try the Eastern spice shrub (Calycanthus fertilis) or summersweet shrub (Clethra alnifolia).

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