Triple Digit Temps Taking Toll on Landscaping

Water restrictions coupled with this intense heat have some garden lovers in a frenzy. Employees at Jackson's Home and Garden in Dallas are seeing a huge increase in customers worried about their landscaping. But the good news is: they share some helpful advice.

Sun, wind, and water: all earthly elements that help our environment. But the triple digit heat isn't so friendly.

“Everything I have in the ground right now is struggling,” says North Texas native, Cathy Booher.

Many North Texans are concerned about their landscaping. 

“They’re worried about their plants - and water. How much they’re supposed to water,” says Cindi Koder, manager of Jackson’s Home & Garden. 

Koder has seen an increase in customers asking how to keep their plants and flowers vibrant and grass green.

“Last year it was soooo devastating, that they’re all worried the same thing will happen this year,” says Koder.

Some customers are looking for native Texas plants that can handle the hot weather, like periwinkles, azaleas,   firebushes, and lantanas. Koder says these are  all good choices.

“We’re wanting Lantanas," says garden shopper, Jerald Mallory.

"We’re also into butterflies. And the butterflies love this when they come back through in October,” says garden shopper, Mary Lou Mallory.  

Others are just focusing on green grass and say they’re holding off on adding plants and flowers.

“Every time I come here, I go home with something. I just…I just don’t think I’d be successful right now,” says Booher.  

But garden experts here believe you can be successful of keeping your landscaping alive in this heat.

“Keep them fertilized and keep them watered, but don’t over water them. You know, you’re gonna come out ahead on this,” says Koder. 

Koder says to make the most if watering your yard, she suggests watering it two times back to back in 7 to 10 minute cycles.

“So it’ll soak into the ground instead of so much runoff. That way it gets deeper into the ground and it’s much more effective,” says Koder.

Staying away from bedding plants and instead implementing native, drought-resistant plants should also help.

“But if you keep workin’ on it, and be diligent, usually you can bring them through to the fall,” says Koder.

Koder says it's all about taking preventive landscaping action.

Visit www.SaveNorthTexasWater.com to learn about the water restrictions in your city.