Frank Buck Zoo horticulturalist and operations manager Rebecca Parker spoke to Rotarians this week about how to improve survival for your lawn and plants this winter. She recommends that even though temperatures are much lower than the 100 plus degrees just a short time ago, the ground is still very dry and if you haven’t watered since summer, do so now. “Your plants are probably thirsty,” she added. Some plants go dormant in winter, but evergreen plants keep growing and still need watering. Parker also recommended getting soil samples from your yard analyzed every four or five years to make sure things are on track. The analysis is inexpensive and can help you be successful with your gardening goals.