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Garden survival in drought conditions

Erie and Niagara Counties continue to suffer from a moderate drought.  There is a good chance your lawn is brown and flowers are struggling.  WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley met up with two local north Buffalo gardeners at the Parkside Community Association who offer advise as the dry conditions are expected through the rest of the summer.

"I love putting on the sprinkler and sitting and sprinkling my lawn.  But I quit doing that because it is wasting water," said Ruth Lampe,  an avid gardener. 

Lampe suggests residents  concentrate  on your watering only those items that you invested the most in -- like potted plants, trees and shrubs.

"I've developed a number  prairie plants, which are drought tolerant, and they're doing fine.  The Blacked Eyed Susans, the cone flowers.  So I would encourage people to look at those in the future," said Lampe.

Lampe said her rain barrel is dry.  And be careful when you water flowers. Early morning and evening are best.

"And you don't want to water when the soil is hot....put your hand down there and the soil is hot. Then you have them sitting in hot water and you really don't want that," said Carolyn Schaffner, expert gardener. 

"I'm a very different kind of a gardener.  I specialize in hostas, day lilies and Irises   So a lot of my plants, about 65 to 75% are in pots," said Schaffner.

Schaffener said she has a number of potted plants that actually saves on water when she gives her flowers a much needed drink.

And don't just water the leafs of flowers, make sure it gets down into the roots of the plants.