Nothing is more important to your new plants and landscape than proper hand watering. As landscaping maintenance specialists, we know a thing or two about how to get the most life out of your freshly planted greenery. While it may seem like an outdated practice with the advent of advanced watering systems, there are still many great reasons to water your garden the old-fashioned way.
There are many benefits to watering your garden slow and steady, including: – Conservation of water – Simplicity – Time to check on the plant
Water every day for the first week after your plants are installed. Water three times per week for the next two weeks. Water one–two times per week for the rest of the season and in the summer of the following year. Watering significantly more than this schedule can result in over-watering.
The best way to hand water shrubs is to adjust your hose nozzle so that the water comes out at a relatively slow trickle. Next, put the hose at the base of the shrub and let the water soak into the soil around the base of the plant. Do this for all of your new shrubs then go back to the one you started with and repeat. Do this 3 times per watering session.
Adjust your hose nozzle so that it is a consistent spray, not a mist or a stream but in between the two. Slowly and steadily apply water to the plants so that they get a good soak but the water is not running off. Give the plants three – five soakings during each watering session. Let the water disappear into the soil between soaking.
Your new trees will need slow deep watering. Adjust your hose nozzle so that the water comes out at a relatively slow trickle. Next, put the hose at the base of the tree and let the water soak into the soil around the base of the tree. The water should disappear into the soil, not run off. Do this for three – six minutes per tree, the larger the tree the longer the soak.
Now you may be thinking that your lawn wouldn’t need hand watering, but in many cases it can be the best way to water it. Sprinklers can often lose a lot of the water to evaporation, but doing it manually means the grass will definitely get watered. The average lawn needs about 2 inches of water per week, and it’s best to do this in the morning before the day gets too hot.
Eichenlaub can help you with your landscaping needs. We have the trained and certified personnel, experience, knowledge, and equipment to cultivate a thriving environment on your property. Our comprehensive care allows you to enjoy your landscape, secure in the knowledge that we are attending to its needs. The right tools in the right hands is the Eichenlaub difference.