A Guide to Watering a Texas Hill Country Garden in Extreme Heat

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For shrubs and young trees, set your hose speed to a slow trickle and place it at the base of each plant every few days in the hot, dry Texas summer weather. This will allow for their roots to become thoroughly soaked. For the rest of your garden, look to water early in the day when it’s less windy and cooler. This will allow your plants to receive the water more efficiently, as less of it will evaporate as it would in the heat. Similarly, avoid watering your plants later in the day. If they’re unable to fully dry prior to sunset, the moisture could allow for the generation of fungus or bacterial disease.

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