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Watering Tips for High Temperatures

Find out what works best for plants.

This week’s garden tip was submitted by Andy Cuautle, sales associate and plant analyzer at .

Cuautle said he regularly answers customers’ questions about watering, especially when temperatures are as high as they have been recently. He shared these watering tips with Patch.

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Many plants including annuals, perennials and hanging baskets should be watered once a day if it is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and twice a day if the temperature is 85 degrees or more.

Avoid watering foliage; water the ground. Water that sits on leaves may act like a magnifying glass, and burn the leaves. Also, water has chlorine in it, and it can leave a residue on the leaves.

If you water your grass once a day, do it early in the morning, at 5 a.m. If you water it twice a day, do it once in the morning and once in the evening.

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