Correct watering in the heat of summer is essential for plants to adapt to their environment. A recently planted or transplanted plant does not have a strong root system that is capable of supporting the plant which is why watering during root formation is so important until established. Even new trees and shrubs that were planted two to three seasons ago will need supplemental moisture.
None of us (even the weathermen) can predict how much rain we’ll get in the summer. How-ever there are some simple watering guidelines that will help you water your plants properly.
Effective Summer Watering Tips
Slow, deep watering is preferred. The root ball of the plant and the surrounding soil needs to be thoroughly soaked each time watering is done. Watering wands are good or even putting your thumb over the end of the hose. This helps to distribute the water gently and evenly over the entire area. Avoid hand-held shower settings on garden hoses. They tend to blast water without really penetrating the soil. Use a hose on a moderate trickle and place the hose at the base of a plant. Water 5-10 minutes for small plants, and 20 minutes for trees. The soil should be moist several inches below the surface when you are done.
Be careful using a sprinkler. Larger areas that require sprinklers must have the water distributed in a consistent pattern. Sprinklers will need to run for an extended period of time to put out enough water to meet the needs of the plants.
Water in the early morning (to prevent evaporation) or evening when the sun is not as hot. But be mindful that you don’t water excessively in the evening in order to prevent the growth of fungus.
Monitoring water requirements frequently is more important than watering frequently. If rainfall is scarce, your trees and shrubs will benefit from once or twice weekly watering. But keep in mind that rainfall often produces runoff and contributes not as much as you think. Anything less than a quarter of an inch of rainfall doesn’t count. The best way to tell if your plant needs water is to actually put your finger in the soil and feel for moisture 4” to 6” below the soil surface. Monitoring water requirements frequently is more important than watering frequently. Remember that one slow, deep watering is recommended over multiple shallow spritzes.
Treegator can be useful for trees. These are the green bags you’ll see in commercial places at the base of new trees to provide supplemental watering. All you have to do is fill them with a hose very 2-3 days. They may not be visually pretty, but they are extremely effective.
Conserve water in the root zone with mulch. Mulch helps conserve ground moisture, prevent weeds, retain moisture and may reduce some water run-off.
Don’t lose your newly planted landscape to the hot heat of summer. By following these simple watering guidelines, you will be able to care for your landscape in the most productive way possible.
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