Surviving a Costly Drought

  • Conserve what water your plants receive by applying 2 to 3 inches of mulch around plants and shrubs.  Mulch also allows the soil to cool and prevents weeds.  Fine textured mulch holds moisture much better than coarse textured mulch.  Allow 2 to 3 inches from the base of trees and shrubs to prevent insects and diseases from getting to the plant.
  • Water plants directly to the base of plants an Osaka hose can be used to emit water slowly into the soil.  Drip systems direct moisture where you want it instead of allowing water to evaporate.  Drip systems are available in various sizes and emission rates and can be adapted for use with automated irrigation systems.
  • Hand held wands offer great means for placing water at the base of plants.  Choose a wand with a cut-off valve to avoid wasting water as you move from area to area.
  • To get directly to the root of the tree or shrub you can use portable drip irrigation called a Treegator.  Filling the doughnut-shaped base with water and letting it drip.
  • Lawns do require 1 inch of water during drought.  (Tuna cans can help you measure, when full you are done watering).  Use rain gauges to measure when your turf has had the right amount; too much or not enough water can be damaging.
  • When watering those high places such as hanging baskets, you can use a Garden Coil Indoor/Outdoor Watering Wand.  The lightweight coil hose can be attached to a hose or the faucet and the nozzle can be adjusted for stream, mist or spray.
  • When your plants look wilted always check the soil for moisture, they wilt because of the heat not because of lack of water.

City of Concord, Water Resources Department    
(704) 920-5337
Water Conservation Information