Start New Plants of Right: Smart Watering Will Make A Big Difference
Wat e r i n gstart new plants off right!Smart watering will make a big differencein the long-term health of new plants.year 1 years 2 & 3(spring through fall, Water deeply only once or twice perwhen weather is dry) week. Exactly how often and how long you water will depend on your soil andWhen planting: Water plants as soon other conditions. Follow the tips onas you get them in the ground. Allow the next page.the water to soak in, then water againuntil the soil is thoroughly moistened. after year 3 Properly planted andWeek one: Water plants daily or every watered plants should beother day. Just-planted roots will be fairly well established, and canable to absorb soil moisture from only thrive with less watering than youa small area until they begin to grow. may expect. Drought-tolerant plants may need no supplemental water,Week two onward: Unless the whereas shallow-rooted plants or plantsweather is extremely hot and dry, you with greater water needs may needmay be able to decrease watering water weekly. Many plants, whenfrequency to two or three times per selected for the conditions in yourweek until the fall rains begin. yard, may need watering only once or twice a month in dry weather. Deeper, less frequent watering will grow plants with healthier and more extensive roots so plants are more resilient to stress and drier conditions.
tips water smart living special considerations Drought-tolerant plants Even drought- tolerant plants need regular water• Use water wisely! Water plants • Recheck soil after watering. until they are established! when they need it, and apply At least an hour after you water water according to your soil type (or two hours with clay soil), Container plants and the weather. Do not apply probe soil to see how deeply the Planted containers tend water faster than the soil can water penetrated. If it didn’t to dry out quickly, absorb it. reach the root zone, you may particularly unglazed clay need to increase your watering. pots. Check them daily• Water in the morning, so less If the area is soggy, try cutting during the summer by water is lost to evaporation. back on watering next time. sticking your finger into the soil. If it’s dry down to• Choose the right watering • Encourage deep roots by the first knuckle on your method. A soaker hose applies allowing the top inch or two of index finger, add water. water directly to the soil and soil to dry before watering again. Always apply enough water reduces evaporation. If you are so that some drips out of planting a few plants in an existing • Pick the right plant for the the bottom drain hole. planting bed, hand watering can right place. Choose plants that get the new plants the water they are pest-resistant, require less Shallow-rooted plants need while not overwatering the water, and match the sun, shade, Shallow-rooted plants rest of the bed. and soil in your yard. such as rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, and• Get to know your soil, as it • Avoid planting in hot, dry bedding plants may need greatly affects watering weather which can easily stress more frequent watering frequency and duration. plants. If you must plant in than other plants. summer, plant in the cool of the• Check soil moisture before morning when less water is lost to Young trees watering. Probe soil with a spade evaporation. Young trees need deep or trowel. Generally, you want the regular watering. During soil to be dry an inch or two below • Mulch for moisture. Mulching times of little or no rain, the surface before you water. the surface of the soil reduces water deeply once a week evaporation so you can water until trees become less often. established.For free garden advice and information,please contact The Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.savingwater.org. Saving Water Partnership is a consortium of Seattle Public Utilities and 17 other local utilities that funds water conservation programs and promotes water smart living practices.