Proper watering is critical to your plant's health. Regular watering will not only insure healthy plants that will get off to a good start but the will also grow faster and look better. The following instructions are just guidelines as there are many variables involved. (See note below) Automatic irrigation systems are the ultimate in convenience and will help you target and control the exact amount of water you are applying, however if you cannot install one, the following guidelines should be followed.
Windy areas, slopes, and roof overhangs will also affect watering. Plants in these situations will require extra water.
After new plantings are installed it is critical to provide water to the plant. This will settle the soil around the plant roots, and remove any air pockets. Proper watering is critical for the establishment of new plantings. The following information is provided as a guideline, as no watering schedule can address each specific situation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
When we install your landscape plantings, we may install soaker hoses. They are wound through the planting beds below the mulch and are held down with clips. We will put flags at the connections so you will know where to connect the garden hose. After installation, it is important to thoroughly soak the plantings. Thereafter, during the first three weeks, water 3 times per week until the water starts to run off into the bed edge. Then water 2 times per week for the next 6 weeks and once per week after that. If we receive 1” or more of rain, you can skip one watering. The length of time to run the hoses will depend on your water pressure and how many hoses are attached together. We may attach 2 or 3 hoses end to end. You may have more than one connection.
Gator Bags are our preference for watering trees. We may install more than one per tree depending on the size of the tree. They should be filled at least 3 times per week for the first summer.
If the plant still has leaves, follow the spring watering instructions until Thanksgiving or until the leaves come off.
If the plant has already lost its leaves, soak THOROUGHLY one time after planting.
Begin watering following the spring guidelines once new growth appears in the spring.
Observe the weather. Are we experiencing and unusually dry or wet year? In drought years, even well established plants (including large trees) may require additional water. When water is scarce, let the lawn go first. Turf will go dormant, and although it will look bad, it will recover. Your landscape plantings will not. Drought stress one year can carry over for several years, making plants more subject to disease and insect problems, dieback and general decline.
Immediately after installation, apply about 1" of water to the new sod. This can be measured by placing an empty can near the sprinkler and watching how long it takes to fill to one inch. New sod needs to be kept soft and spongy for the next 2 to 3 weeks until it has a chance to firmly root. Limit activity on your new sod as much as possible during this time. Remember that sode near buildings or pavement will dry out quickly due to reflected heat. Do not mow sod until it has completely rooted, and mow at a high setting initially.
Immediately after installation, apply use a sprinkler and water the entire area for about 30-45 minutes. Water daily thereafter until the grass fills in. The best time for this is early morning or in the evening. Limit activity on it as much as possible. When the lawn starts to fill in (usually after about 30-40 days) you can slowly back off on the watering. Seed germination is not always even.
Below are schedules of our recommendations for your landscape beds and gardens. Please contact us to set up an estimate for any of these services.