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Efficient watering leads to healthy plants

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - We are in the grips of one of the worst droughts in state history. And with the extreme heat, no plant is safe. "Business of course would be down because most people are not wanting to plant when it's so hot an dry because you have to get out there and water," said NeSmith Nursery Manager Karen Crosby

Crosby is the manager of NeSmith Nursery in Thomasville. She says proper watering habits are vital to the life of our plants. "The best time to water is in the morning and you lose less water to evaporation."

Crosby says if you don't water enough, the plant will wilt. But watering too much can lead to disease. "A lot of times you think oh I need to add water to this, but if you're keeping it too wet it does the same thing and you're rotting the roots."

Crosby says the easiest and most efficient way to water your grass would be to have an underground sprinkler system. But if you do need to hand water you need to make sure not to under or over do it.

If you do go out of town, the best thing to do is ask someone to water for you. "Also you can take them and if you've got pot plants that are not too heavy and big to move, you can put them in a shady area. Put saucers under them. That will catch water and hold it. That helps tremendously," said Crosby.

Crosby says these days buying a plant is kind of like buying a pet. You need to make sure you can take care of it before making the commitment. Some towns do have drought regulations on when it is ok to water. Make sure to check with your local government on the restrictions in your area.

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