Recent rains have broken our local drought, but sunny days ahead may call for additional irrigating.

Horticulturalist, Donna Cuin, with the Natrona County Agricultural Resource and Learning Center in Casper says this spring's early warm weather means plants are already requiring lots of water for photosynthesis. Cuin offers some tips on wise water use as we move into the  summer growing season.

"When you water any of your plants you want to make sure you water deeply so that the roots are encouraged to grow into the deeper layers of the soil. And then we recommend watering infrequently, waiting until the top inch or so of soil dries out before you water again."

Cuin says irrigating between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a good way to waste money. The hot sun and winds will evaporate much of that water and it can also damage foliage and introduce disease.

Soaker hoses offer a good options for watering especially if you don't want to get moisture on the leaves.

You can call a master gardener at the Natrona County Agricultural Resource Center for more information. 235 9400