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In the dog days of summer, it’s hard to get motivated to work in the yard. It’s certainly not a good time to plant anything. About the best we can do is just try to keep our existing plantings alive.

Mulching is one thing that can help save your plants in summer or winter. Mulched plants, whether in pots or in the ground, also don’t require as much water. In beds mulch will help cut down on weeds and give your beds a more “finished” appearance. There are many choices of color and type of mulch. Usually Home Depot or Lowes carried a lot of good options. Apply 2″-3″ covering the entire bed, leaving a small area around the crown of the plant exposed. If unsure of when the plant needs to be watered, stick your finger about and 1″ into the soil to see if it’s dry or wet.