Tending a Vegetable Garden in a Drought

Lets take a look at your vegetable garden and lawn and figure out how to deal with it especially while it is in this drought.

Keep in mind that when a plant is stressed like with the drought we are in, the first thing a plant thinks of, if it had a brain, is to reproduce itself to survive next year. That means, because of drought stress, plants especially weeds will be going to seed much early than during normal fall conditions. Coupled with this burst of seed production comes the production of side shoots or water sprouts up the trunk of most trees in your landscape. This is more sped up if the tree or shrub is already stressed from disease, insects or both.

Back to the weed seeds, all you have to do is take a look at the crabgrass growing in your yard during this drought. If you haven't been mowing your grass like I recommend until we get rain, the crabgrass is reaching for the sky with its seed shoots. These seed shoots are just waiting to disperse their load of seed into your lawn. Keep in mind that crabgrass is an annual and will die when frost and freeze time arrives in the next few weeks. As with most weeds in your vegetable garden, flower garden or lawn as I just mentioned, make sure to cut them down either by pulling them, using your pruners or in the case of crabgrass, set your mower at the highest position and cut the tops off of those pesky weeds. Don't forget to use a crabgrass preventer in the spring to catch all those crabgrass seeds that escaped your most sincere efforts this fall.


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