Check soil moisture around new plants daily
Check Under the Mulch
Water Slowly and Deeply
Space Watering Sessions
For the first few weeks after your landscape is planted, especially in summer, it may be necessary to water your plants every day, but the frequency will decrease as roots spread. Maximum self-sufficiency comes from deep roots. Again, water deeply and slowly, gradually extending days without watering to help the plant grow stronger and more resilient.
Use buckets, not teacups.
Don’t be shy or stingy when watering in the landscape. Be sure to give your plants a full and deep watering. Especially when first planted, your plants need two-three hours of watering at a trickle, three times each week in periods of low precipitation! Remember: long, deep and generous. When we say deep watering, this means watering to the depth of the balled and burlapped or containered root size.
Water the Soil and Not the Leaves
There are times when an overhead shower is just what your plant needs.
- During dry or windy weather, a fine layer of dust can reduce your plants’ ability to photosynthesize efficiently.
- Sometimes your heat-stressed plant may just need a little cooling-off with a shower. Don’t offer a shower in the hottest hours of the day when the sun is shining directly on the plants.
- Some insects, including aphids and spider mites, can be kept in check by simply hosing them off.
Hand Watering vs. Slow Trickles
For larger plants what’s recommended isn’t hand watering but a slow trickle of water for two to three hours around the drip line of a plant. Larger trees will require more time. The drip line is the area near the stem or trunk of your plant, under the outer circumference of the tree branches or plant foliage. The water will drip down into the soil and root zone, encouraging healthy growth.
Go Dry Between Waterings
Once your plant is fully established (this can be up to two years), water less frequently, letting the topmost layer of salt dry out between waterings. Plants need air, and it’s between waterings that your plant will be able to breathe.
Sod and Seed
In the case of sod and seed, it’s important to KEEP THE SOIL MOIST AT ALL TIMES until the turf is established. This means you need to water daily when the weather is warm and/or windy.
A plant’s first growing season in the garden will determine its future. Pay close attention during that period, knowing that watering needs will change over time. Adjust watering as conditions change and as your plants mature. For information on watering systems, check out our blog post on that topic here.
If you have any questions about watering your plants or landscape, please contact our Landscape Division by email at [email protected] or telephone at 410.867.6336.