When you’re living in a summer sauna, it’s important to protect your landscape investment by giving your plants a good soak.

Water slowly and generously

Water slowly and generously, being sure to wet the soil to the depth of the original container or root ball. All newly planted items should be thoroughly soaked at least once a week from spring until the ground freezes in fall (more frequently in very hot weather like we’re having now).

It’s a good idea to check your newly planted perennials and annual containers every day or two in summer weather, just to be sure they’re not withering and in need of a little TLC. Newly planted trees and shrubs also benefit from a check every few days.

slow drizzle

We recommend watering by hose turned to a slow drizzle for 5-10 minutes for small container shrubs and 20 minutes for larger shrubs and trees. Very small plants, such as groundcover, perennials, and flowering annuals have smaller root systems and will require a deep, thorough watering every 3-4 days (but sometimes even daily for annuals and new perennials).

We like to walk our yard with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, pulling weeds, deadheading, and checking moisture levels while you move your hose and water your plants. It’s a nice way to relax at the beginning or end of the day and keep tabs on everything happening in your landscape.

Root Stimulator

We also recommend an application of Root Stimulator* just after planting and weekly for six weeks, especially during warm summer months.

If you need a little more information on watering specific plants or are having any issues, just stop in to talk with us, give us a call or chat with us online.

2 responses to “Water, water, water”

  1. Cindie Hudson says:

    how often should I be fertilizing my hanging containers and pots? and what ones do you recommend for them?

    Cindie Hudson

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