Waterwise Gardening

APRIL
2
2015

Water Wisely

Keep your garden properly watered for the biggest harvests and most beautiful blooms while conserving this precious resource. Your watering practices can make a difference between a thriving garden or a wilting one. Below are some watering tips from our experts:

General Watering Tips:

  • It’s best to water your garden early in the morning when the temperature is cooler and the water will not evaporate.
  • Late afternoon/early evening watering is also okay if the plants have ample time to dry before nightfall.
  • Many people like to apply a list mist several times a day. This causes the water to evaporate quickly and encourages shallow root systems.
  • Plants growing in full sun require more water than those in the shade.

Watering Newly-Planted Trees, Shrubs & Perennials:

  • Newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials with roots close to the soil surface, will need watering on a daily basis.
  • Regular watering is essential until new plants become established.
  • The best way to water in the hot, dry weather is a slow, deep soak. The slow drip hydrates your plants at the soil line and thus gets to the roots and nourishes the plant.
  • Mulching around the base of the plant will help the water soak in, rather run off.

Watering Established Trees, Shrubs & Perennials:

  • Because older plants have established root systems, they should not need to be watered daily. However, even older established plants require regular watering during this time of year.
  • The best way to water in the hot, dry weather is a slow, deep soak. The slow drip hydrates your plants at the soil line and thus gets to the roots and nourishes the plant.
  • Mulching around the base of the plant will help the water soak in, rather than run off.

Lawn Watering:

  • Aerate lawns by punching holes 6-inches apart. This allows water to reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
  • Keep weeds out of your lawn and garden to reduce.

Signs You Are Under-Watering:

  • Soil is dry
  • Leaves are wilted
  • Leaves curl
  • Older leaves turn yellow or brown and start dropping off

Signs You Are Over-Watering:

  • Soil is constantly damp
  • Leaves turn a lighter shade of green or turn yellow
  • Young shoots are wilted
  • Leaves are green yet brittle
  • Algae and mushrooms are growing

Tips for Saving Water:

  • Don’t run the sprinkler longer than necessary. In an hour, 600 gallons can be wasted.
  • Know how to turn off the automatic sprinklers in case of rain.
  • Install a trickle-drip irrigation system close to the roots of your plants. By dripping water slowly, the system doesn’t spray water.