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How to Keep Your Garden Cool and Healthy This Summer


Amanda Bayley of Croton-on-Hudson’s Plan It Wild offers advice on how to keep your backyard thriving during the dog days of the season.

July is one of the hottest months of the year in the Valley. To beat the summer heat, Amanda Bayley, CEO of Croton-on-Hudson-based Plan It Wild, shares some tips to cool down your backyard and plants.

  •  If a plant’s leaves look dry or wilted, it needs water. Don’t quickly blast water from a hose. It’s best to water it slowly and aim for its base so the water can percolate into the soil and into its roots.
  •  Planting is not advised in the summer; instead, plan a cool down of your yard and capture carbon with trees. Find the best location to plant a native shade tree by selecting a space that is easily accessible for watering, will  offer much-needed shade, and that you will enjoy watching throughout the season as the leaves change and birds come to visit.
  •  Plan It Wild’s recommended trees: white oak, red oak, red maple, American hornbeam, Washington hawthorn, serviceberry, and flowering dogwood.
  •  Remove invasive plants. These are uninvited plants that may be smothering your other plants and taking over your garden. Remove in the morning or early evening when it’s not too hot. The Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) is an excellent place to go for resources, events, and identifying invasive species. Visit
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