July 27, 2007

Timely Tips for July Gardeners

Timely Tips for July Gardeners:

Watering Your Landscape

Water requirements vary from one area of your landscape to the next. If you own a sprinkler system, each zone should be programmed differently depending on the needs and you should always operate it manually.

Established lawns should be watered once every five to seven days, applying about one inch of water. This soaking encourages deeper rooting which leads to stronger, healthier plants.

Shrubs and flowerbeds may require more watering depending on the age of the plant material. A good test is to dig down 4 to 6 inches and feel the soil. If the soil is dry, a good deep watering is in order. Plants in full sun will require more moisture as well as those growing in containers. Please remember, any newly planted tree or shrub requires hand watering for that first year.

The best time of day to water is early morning before the temperatures begin to rise. Also, early mornings tends to be a time of lower winds and thus reduced evaporation.

Mulching is an excellent way to retain moisture. It will also insulate the soil surface from the direct rays of the sun.

Educating yourself on the needs and wants of watering a landscape will save you time and money. Stay cool!