A few landscaping tips from our team.
When is the best time to water new plantings?
The early morning or late afternoon is the best time to water. Watering during the heat of the day can be harmful to plants as the sun can scorch the plant. Watering too late in the evening can cause mildew and other disease, if the plant doesn’t have a chance to dry before night fall.
Water your plants 2 to 3 times a week for the first year, depending on the amount of rain. Do not water when the ground is frozen. For the next 2 to 3 years in periods of drought you should water regularly as well.
A nice layer of Mulch will help keep moisture in the ground longer. Every so often check the soil with your fingers underneath the mulch to see if you are over watering or if it is too dry. If the plants are watered before a rain the rain will be able to penetrate deeper into the ground then if the plants were not watered before. Overwatering your plants can and will kill them.
How do I water?
Water must be absorbed by the soil very slowly. The hose should have no nozzle on and turned to a slow trickle where it can be laid at the base of the plant to seep down though the ground for a period of time.
- Large Trees: 5-10 minutes- up to an hour if the root ball is very dry. Dig 4”-6” down into the ground next to the root ball to check the moisture.
- Smaller Trees & Shrubs: 2-5 minutes- up to 30 minutes if very dry.
- Perennials & Vines: up to 1 minute.
- Grass & Groundcover: You can use a sprinkler and it should be watered daily for 30 minutes, depending on rain supply, for the first 2-3 weeks. After the first couple of weeks you can water 2-3 times per week.
How often do I need to water new grass?
It is important to have a regular watering schedule for your new grass to grow vigorously and lush.
The important factor in grass seed germination is soil temperature and moist consistent soil. The seeded area should be sprinkled 2-3 times a day. A sprinkler can be used at a low pressure for 30 minutes at a time. Most grass seed will germinate in 5-21 days.
Once the grass is a couple inches tall the watering can be cut back to 2-3 times a week. When the grass is at cutting height you can water more deeply with a sprinkler. Allow the grass to show some stress before watering again, this allows the roots to grow deeper and more self-sustaining.
Fall is the best time to sow cool season grass and spring is the best time for warm season grass.
When the grass seed is sown a starter fertilizer is put down as well. The newly seeded area is covered with straw or straw matting. The straw helps hold in moisture. The straw mat does not need to be removed as it will decompose along with the netting, if you would try and remove the netting it can tear out a lot of your new grass as their roots aren’t fully developed yet.