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Tips for keeping your vegetation alive this summer

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MISSOULA -

Those of us trying to keep gardens and even grass alive have sure noticed the heat, and have maybe struggled to keep them thriving.

Manager Leah Rediske has worked at the Pink Grizzly for 10 years. She says the summer has been hot, and reminds her of the summers of 2007 and 2012, which saw similar challenges for vegetation.

"This time of year we get folks who are trying to maintain their hanging baskets," Rediske said. "Watering those twice a day is idea because typically they are full of roots, and hardly any soil so it's percolating right through."

But it's not just plants feeling the heat, Rediske says keeping lawns green has also been a challenge so far this summer.

"Fertilizing is not a great idea for your grass right now, but it is applicable to your garden, your hanging baskets, your patio pots. Anything like that provides extra nutrients like Gatorade for us, a little supplement to give a boost this time of year," Rediske said.

And when it comes to a watering schedule, Rediske says plants need two waterings a day, preferably in the early morning and after the sun sets, this will slow evaporation.

"You get the evaporation loss it's really not worth it to water in the heat of the day, we do it here just because we have a lot of pots and small containers so we have to water 2 or 3 times a day but for stuff at home just do it in the morning and in the evening and soak stuff pretty well. It will dry out," Rediske said.

If you have hanging plants outdoors and are planning a vacation and won't be able to tend for them daily, Rediske recommends soaking them and leaving them in a shady area on the north side of your property, and plugging the hole in the bottom of the pot to keep the soil saturated. 

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