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Ornamental Shrubs & Trees

1. Mulch Plants

  • Place 3 to 5 inches of mulch over roots.
  • Use fine-textured mulches.
  • Mulch as large of an area as possible.
  • 2. Avoid Some Cultural Practices

  • Don't fertilize during drought.
  • Don't prune since pruning causes new growth; however, prune if leaf scorch or limb death occurs.
  • 3. Watering Do's and Don'ts

  • Apply 1 inch of water at each watering (every 7 to 10 days).
  • Direct water to roots and not top of plant.
  • Avoid shallow water. This encourages shallow root systems.
  • Water after 10:00 p.m. or before 8:00 a.m. to discourage disease problems, and also to comply with local watering restrictions.
  • 4. Use Drought Tolerant Plants

  • Contact the Rockdale County Extension Office for a list of plants.
  • Annuals and perennials generally have a higher demand for water than woody ornamentals. However, wait for them to wilt before watering. Some perennials are extremely drought tolerant and can survive long periods without rainfall. Plants need water when the leaves wilt, drop or turn a gray-green color.