Pre-Vacation Planning Pays

By Ted Fisher
Cherokee County Extension Horticulturist, Rusk

Landscape preparation for a summer vacation may sound like a lot of extra work, but it is really not much more than the normal weekend routine of maintaining a healthy, well-groomed landscape. Just a little extra effort on your part before leaving can make a big difference in the health and well-being of your plants.

Here are some practical tips that should help ensure that your home landscape will not suffer the post-vacation blues. And don't forget to visit some gardens while you are away. There are many spectacular gardens to enjoy in just about any part of the country where you may be headed.

This article appeared in the May-June 2000 issue of Lawn and Garden Update, edited by Dr. Douglas F. Welsh, and produced by Extension Horticulture, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System, College Station, Texas.