Going on Vacation? Here’s How to Make Sure Your Garden Survives

Water deeply, mulch beds and move containers into partial shade to keep plants alive while you’re away.

The sun’s out, the weather’s warm, and it’s the perfect time of year to get out of town for a holiday. But that hot and dry summer climate can wreak havoc on gardens left unattended for a week or more. If you’d like to take that vacation and return home to living plants, plan and take extra care to set up your garden to, if not thrive, at least survive while you’re gone.

Ideally, a friend or neighbor would water and look after plants when you’re away, but that’s not always possible. Here are some ways to set up your garden for summer-vacation survival mode.

 June 27, 2019
Houzz Contributor. Landscape designer, a former garden editor for Sunset Magazine and in-house designer for Sunset’s Editorial Test Garden. Her garden designs have been featured in the Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping, Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings (cover), Inhabitat, and POPSUGAR.

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