TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
June 25, 2011
Work in the garden early in the morning or late in the evening, use sunscreen, wear a long-sleeved shirt and covered head gear. Take plenty of breaks, drink plenty of water and don’t get overheated.
Convert troublesome turfgrass areas into low-maintenance hardscapes. Try using bark, gravel, wood decking or an organic hardwood mulch along with decorative pottery planted with seasonal color.
Give special attention to water requirements of leafy garden plants such as coleus, caladiums, and elephant ears during hot, sunny periods. Mulch heavily throughout your landscape and gardens to reduce water needs and eliminate weeding.
Water your lawn and garden thoroughly during the hot weather. Remember that infrequent deep watering is better than a light sprinkling.
David Rodriguez is the County Extension Agent-Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.