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Conserve Water and Still Have a Beautiful Garden and Landscape This Season


Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) April 24, 2015

Too much or not enough water and never when it’s needed. That seems to be the long time plight of gardeners. Add to this extended droughts, flooding and watering bans. What is a gardener to do? Consider becoming a waterwise gardener, says gardening expert and author Melinda Myers.

“Waterwise is not just about growing drought tolerant plants or eliminating plantings,” says Myers. “It’s a holistic approach to managing water in order to avoid flooding that overwhelms sewer systems, improper watering that wastes water and poor landscape designs that generate too much work and require too many resources.”

According to Myers, gardeners can incorporate a few waterwise habits into their gardening routine which is good for the garden, pocketbook and environment. She suggests starting with one or more of these strategies this year.

Select the right plant for the growing conditions. Plants that thrive in normal growing conditions will be healthier, require less care and need less water. Look for drought tolerant plants that require less water once established.
Keep water out of storm sewers and in the garden instead. Prevent flooding, while improving the garden. Adding several inches of compost to the top 8 to 12 inches of soil increases the soil’s ability to absorb and retain water. This means less runoff into the storm sewers and less frequent watering.
Use plants to prevent runoff and conserve water. Plant trees, shrubs, and groundcovers to slow the flow of rainwater, increase the amount of water that stays in the landscape for the plants, and to filter water before it enters the groundwater. Install one or more rain gardens to intercept surface water runoff for use by rain garden plants and to help recharge the groundwater.
Provide plants with a healthy diet. Use a slow release non-leaching organic nitrogen fertilizer like Milorganite. It encourages slow steady growth, so plants will require less water and be less prone to insect and disease problems. Plus, the slow release nitrogen encourages healthy growth and does not prevent flowering and fruiting.
Water wisely. Water plants thoroughly and only when needed. Water the soil, not the plant, using a watering wand, drip irrigation or a soaker hose, so less water is lost to evaporation. Water early in the morning whenever possible to reduce water loss during the heat of the day and diseases caused by wet foliage at night.
Manage lawns to reduce water use. Select drought tolerant grass varieties to reduce watering needs. Prepare the soil before seeding or sodding or aerate and spread a thin layer of compost over existing lawns to increase water absorption and reduce runoff. Mow high to encourage deep roots that are more drought tolerant and pest resistant. Allow lawns to go dormant during hot dry weather. If irrigating, water thoroughly when needed, that’s when footprints remain in the lawn.
Conserve water and reduce time and money spent on plant care. Mulch the soil around trees, shrubs and other plants with several inches of woodchips, shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic material. Mulching reduces watering frequency, prevents soil compaction from heavy rainfall thus increasing water absorption. It also adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes.
Repair leaking faucets, fittings and garden hoses. A slow leak of one drip per second can waste up to nine gallons of water per day.
Look for and use wasted water. Collect the “warming water” typically wasted when preparing baths and showers. Use a five-gallon bucket to collect this fresh water and use it for gardens and container gardens. Collect water from dehumidifiers and window air conditioners for use on flowering plants. Do not, however, use this water if environmentally harmful solvents have been used to clean this equipment.
Check with the local municipality, if considering the use of gray water. Once it’s used for washing clothes, dishes or people, water is classed as “gray water” and most municipalities have guidelines or regulations related to its use.
Harvest rainwater if the local municipality allows it. The ancient technique of capturing rainwater in jugs, barrels and cisterns has made a comeback. Collecting rain when it is plentiful and storing it until it is needed is one way to manage water for the landscape. But first check local regulations before installing a rain harvesting system. Several states have banned rain harvesting, while others offer rebates or rain barrels at a discount to gardeners.
Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers’ web site, http://www.melindamyers.com, offers gardening videos and tips.





Stonebridge Companies Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek Hotel Announces Fantastic Group Specials to Swing into Spring


Denver, CO (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Cherry Creek hotel today announced a limited time offer for groups who book their next meeting at the hotel, conveniently located in CitySet, a premier dining and entertainment venue in Cherry Creek. Groups who book and actualize sleeping rooms by June 30, 2015 will receive the following concessions, depending on the number of room nights;


    Book 10 – 19 rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points
    Book 20 – 29 rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points and complimentary LCD projection screen package for your in-house meeting.
    Book 30 – 39 rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points, complimentary LCD projection screen package, waived meeting room rental and complimentary AM Coffee Service. Additionally, enjoy two Rockies tickets.
    Book 40 or more rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points, complimentary LCD projection screen package, waived meeting room rental, complimentary AM and PM specialty break with coffee service, and a 4 pack of Rockies tickets.

The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Cherry Creek is preferred among Denver conference hotels, offering a combined 4,500 square feet of flexible event space. For more information, or to take advantage of this special offer while it is available, contact the Sales Department at 303-754-9800 or visit the hotel online at http://www.HGICherryCreek.com.

Guests at the Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek hotel enjoy the ultimate in convenience, comfort and value. Within close proximity to Downtown Denver, the Cherry Creek Mall and shopping district and a multitude of dining and entertainment options just outside the front door in CitySet, the hotel is an ideal place to stay for business and leisure travelers alike. Amenities include free high-speed Internet access, a sundry shop, on-site dining options, 24-hour business center, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, free parking and much more. The Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The company’s current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse listing of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com.







Stonebridge Companies Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia Hotel Is Accepting Reservations for IMATS Show


Arcadia, CA (PRWEB) January 09, 2015

The Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia hotel looks forward to welcoming attendees of the 2015 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, taking place January 16-18, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Located 8 miles from the convention center, guests of this Arcadia hotel enjoy an abundance of amenities and comfortable accommodations, including an on-site fitness center, sparkling outdoor pool, and free WiFi access.

Guests are encouraged to book their rooms while there is still availability by calling the hotel directly at (626) 574-6900 or by visiting the website, http://www.arcadiahgi.com.

The Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia hotel is just a short drive from some of California’s best attractions like the Rose Bowl, Santa Anita Race Park, Universal Studios, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. Guests can also enjoy close proximity to recreational activities like golf, tennis, shopping and dining. The hotel has a variety of amenities for both work and play; amenities include free high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, 24-hour business center, 1,300 sq. ft. of versatile meeting and event space, and sparkling outdoor pool with whirlpool. The Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The company’s current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse listing of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com.







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