Proper planting can help shrubs, trees survive drought

Shrubs and trees should be planted where water can be absorbed to withstand drought, said Nancy Gregory, a plant diagnostician in Delaware. "The best way to water is with a slow soaker hose, letting water trickle onto soil around a newly planted tree or shrub. One of the least effective things a homeowner or landscaper can do is water with a sprinkler for 15 to 20 minutes a day," Gregory says.

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