Plants and products to help landscape bear heat

POSTED: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Everyone from home owners to professional landscapers are struggling to keep their yards alive.

And nursery owner Eugene Houck said even plants that are usually low maintenance, can't bear it either.

"There's not many that can tolerate this heat, and no water," said Houck.

However there are a few plants that tend to do better in the heat.

"Anything in the cactus line would take less water," said Houck.

Many factors determine how well a plant will do with less water.

"Just according to how old it is, how big a root system it's got and how long it's been in the ground," said Houck.

And there are additional products to help them stay alive.

An item called a water gator can hold about 20 gallons of water and gradually drips the water for 5 to 9 hours, basically doing the watering for you, if you're on vacation or at work, or just don't want to stand outside for 5 to 9 hours.

And if you're looking forward to the winter, Houck said grass plants are the best to survive a freeze.

He also suggests talking with a professional before buying new plants because some could die in as little as 3 days in this heat.

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