- Deep watering on a slow trickle for 20 to 45 minutes, once or twice a week.
- Deep, slow watering is much better than quick, frequent, shallow watering, as it will promote deep-rooted, stronger plants.
- Watering by hand with a hose, soaker hose, or watering wand is best. Often, sprinkler systems do not provide enough water for newly planted items, especially shrubs or trees.
- Soak the root ball at the base of the plant rather than watering from above. The canopy of foliage deﬂects water away from the plant.
- The goal is to saturate the entire root ball when you water, keeping the root ball and the soil evenly moist. Allow some drying between watering.
- How often you water is dependent on many variables (soil type, type of container, location, sun exposure, climate, temperature, etc.) During hot spells you may need to water as often as once every day for small plants, or once to twice a week for larger plants. • Sticking your ﬁnger in the soil is the only way to know how often to water and will help you establish your watering schedule. • Remember that deciduous trees need water even after their foliage has dropped off.
- Water throughout the fall and winter. Fall and winter watering is especially important for evergreens. You must water shrubs and trees until the ground is frozen.
- Shrubs and trees take 1 to 2 years to become established. The larger the item, the longer it takes to become established
- Always mulch your plants, this will conserve water. Mulch no deeper than 3 inches, and do not allow the mulch to touch the base of the plant
- Plants can be harmed by over watering or by under watering.
- Sod: Water as soon as installation is complete. Water slowly & allow a good soak. Pay attention to exposed areas & edges that may dry out faster. It’s best to water in early morning or late afternoon. Continue watering for 3 weeks, but lessen the frequency in the final week. After 3 weeks your sod should be rooted. During summer or dry months watch for drought stress which would require extra watering.
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