Watering Your Plants
As we approach the warm summer temps, it’s good to know exactly when and how much to water your plants. Here are a few tips to help you water wisely.
- A good deep soaking once or twice a week is better for plants than daily light sprinklings.
- A steady stream of water from a garden hose will only wet the surface, instead provide an even intermittent sprinkling over a period of hours (to a depth of 6-12”) or a slow trickle of a hose is best for deep penetration.
- Many plants die from too little (well-drained soils) or too much water (poorly drained soils/clay) during the first few months after planting.
- Good watering practices result in strong, deep root systems that can safely withstand drought, and resistant to pests and disease.
- Some plants like Rhododendron and Dogwood wilt when too dry, too wet, or too hot. Do not assume that it needs water, dig below the mulch and check the soil before watering.