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Hello, again!

Riding through the southwest part of our country really brings home the importance of how precious our water supply is. Water is the lifeblood of everything we do, and our most important resource. Without it, life does not happen or go on. After riding for a couple hundred miles with very few options for resupply of water, that's the one thing that I make sure I have enough of to get me to the next point. Yes, food is important, but without water, things can 'go south' pretty fast. We can survive for a while without food, but without water, well, I just don't want to find out.

Water is the next oil, I've heard others say, and maybe it is. We use our fair share in gardening, so new products and ideas to help conserve water in the landscape and garden are always welcome.

First off, follow Xeriscaping practices. Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. In some areas, terms such as water-conserving landscapes, drought-tolerant landscaping, and smart-scaping are used instead. You don't need to rip all of your plants out and replace them with rock; just be selective in the plants you add to your garden. We carry several water-saving products in-store for containers, turf and landscape areas.

Hydretain is an advanced product that allows homeowners to water up to 50% less and maintain healthy, great-looking plants and turf. It is a proprietary blend of liquid humectant and hygroscopic compounds. Hydretain attracts and holds moisture like tiny water magnets within the soil that manage available soil moisture, extending watering intervals of indoor and outdoor plants by as much as 2 to 3 times. You can use with flowers, vegetables, shrubs, trees and grasses. Each application reduces watering for up to 3 months.

Soil Moist is great for containers, baskets, gardens, & vegetables. Grow beautiful plants with less water since it stores over 200 times its weight in water and releases a steady supply of water as your plants need it.

Using Johnson's Grade A Cedar Mulch in the landscape is another way to conserve water in vegetable, flower and landscape areas. In addition to preventing weeds, the water savings will be a fast payback, plus time savings for you as well. Other good options include straw, hemp, or cocoa mulch.

As we navigate this heat, come see us for these and other water saving ideas!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Centers