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Gardeners need rain

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Sprinklers are working overtime these days with the dry and hot weather. Sprinklers are working overtime these days with the dry and hot weather.
The sun shines through one of the plants at ABC Plant and Nursery.  There's been too much sun and not enough rain so far this year. The sun shines through one of the plants at ABC Plant and Nursery. There's been too much sun and not enough rain so far this year.
The lantanas and the plumb bagos are good choices in the dry conditions that we're seeing so far this year. The lantanas and the plumb bagos are good choices in the dry conditions that we're seeing so far this year.
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Like all other South Georgians, gardeners have noticed how dry it is. And it's becoming a topic of discussion at the places that gardeners meet.

Greg Daniell is the owner of ABC Plant and Nursery said, "we have had some comments now."

That's not surprising. Gardeners are as dependent on rainfall as anyone else, and Albany is more than a foot below it's normal rainfall total to this date. Some of the popular selections for gardeners in our area need water.

"This time of the year we usually see people looking for perennials, cause they give lots of color. Knockout roses, cause they give lots of color and hydrangeas," said Daniell.

But many of the new plants will need water. Twice a week at first. And newly laid sod needs a lot of water.

It "will have to be watered once a day, thoroughly," said Daniell.

Which means that some people are putting off getting new grass.

"Not as much because of the drier conditions. I think that has kept the sod sales down," he said.

But there is a way to keep your garden looking nice without having to break the bank in this hot and dry weather. One way is to choose the right plants.

Daniell said that good choices are, "the lantanas, the plum bagos. Some of the perennials, the succulents"

The bougainvilleas are tropical plants so not only are they drought resistant but they can also stand the hot weather that we're going to see this summer. There are ways to know when you've put enough water in to keep the plants healthy.

"We have soil moist that you put in your pots and it will help with watering and will hold the retention of water. So you don't have to do it quite as often," said Daniell.

No matter what they're planting, gardeners are looking for the same thing that everyone else is looking for.

"Hopefully we'll start getting some rain," said Daniell.

So that their gardens and grass will look green again, without taking too much green out of the wallets of gardeners.

For other ways to conserve water, the state of Georgia offers a web site.

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