You’ve worked hard designing and installing a beautiful landscape for your home, complete with an attention-grabbing focal point and plants that add interest and curb appeal. In this article, we have pulled together seven tips for watering landscaping for the best results.
Water in Early Morning
Talk to any expert gardener and they will tell you the benefits of watering in the early morning win out every time. One reason is that since the temps are at the coolest during the morning hours, the water will penetrate the soil without evaporating and get to the roots of the plant. Another benefit to early morning watering is the plants will have their daily fill of water which allows them to withstand the higher temps in the heat of the day.
Flowers planted in containers require more frequent watering than those planted in the ground. Since the container is exposed on all sides to heat and wind, water will evaporate away from them much quicker.
Annuals vs. Perennials
Annuals tend to have a shallower root system than perennials, therefore they need to have the top few inches of soil moist to thrive. On the other hand, perennials have a deeper root system and will benefit from a slow, deep watering once or twice a week.
Water the Dirt, Not the Plant
It is recommended to keep the foliage of your plants dry. Therefore, it is important to water the soil surrounding your plants and avoid getting water on the leaves as this promotes disease. A soaker-hose placed under the plants is a great way to give them a drink without drenching their leaves.
Water Longer and Less Often
This is not always an option, as with container gardens and most annuals, but if your plants are in the ground, they will likely benefit from watering the ground until it is well saturated just once a week rather than watering lightly 3-5 times a week. This is especially true when planting trees and shrubs in your landscaping. When you do this, the water will go deep into the soil causing the plants’ roots to grow more deeply. Deep roots normally result in a healthier-sturdier plant.
Mulch Helps Retain Moisture
Adding a layer of 2-3 inches of mulch not only finishes off the look, but it also helps to keep the water from evaporating away. Mulch also helps snuff out weeds that are just waiting to pop up and ruin your garden. You can find a variety of quality, bulk-mulch at Wilson Blacktop and they will deliver it to your home.
Do NOT Water at Night
Watering your landscape during night hours promotes disease and can lead to root rot due to the plants’ feet soaking in water all night long. Of course, you can’t control Mother Nature and she tends to water your landscaping whenever she sees fit, but you can control when you water. Do your plants a favor and skip the nighttime drink. They will thank you by thriving.
The preceding are general tips for all plants. You should take the time to research your plants to learn their particular watering needs for the best results.
As always, contact Wilson Blacktop for a large selection of landscape materials. From gravel and topsoil to mulch and decorative stone, we have it all.