Preparing your lawn for another drought

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Experts predict that the drought we experienced last summer could happen again this year. That means you need to act now if you want to make sure your outdoor plants survive.

We still are a month away from the official start of spring, but the anticipated drought means you should wait until then to start planning. In fact, if you want to plant trees or shrubs, the sooner the better, even if the ground freezes, experts say those plants should be fine.

Another key is fertilizer. They suggest fertilizing all of your outdoor plants as soon as possible.   Giving those plants some added fertilizer will help grow deeper roots.  Deeper roots means a stronger plant and stronger plants are more likely to survive a drought.

Jeff Gatewood with Allisonville Nursery says, "The earlier you plant anything, the better chance it will have of the summer. Now, that doesn't mean you run out and plant your tender annuals and vegetable plants early, but I'm talking about woody ornamental plants like trees and shrubs. Get them in early. The earlier the better...and, I mean, March is an excellent month to get an early start."

Last summer, we saw the damaging evidence of an extended drought. Lawns suffered and so did other plants. The fear is that this coming summer could be just as bad.

So start thinking now about what you want to plant. February is just about over and with March starting next week, you need to act now to make sure your lawn is greener come summertime.