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Water Wisely

May 24, 2023

When it comes to watering new plants and shrubs, it’s important to strike a balance to promote healthy growth without over-watering or under-watering your new plant material.

Here are some general guidelines to follow:

  1. Watering frequency: New plants and shrubs typically require more frequent watering than established ones. In the first few weeks after planting, water them every two to three days to ensure the soil remains consistently moist. If we are experiencing an extended dry patch with no rain, we recommend daily watering.
  2. Amount of water: Aim to provide a thorough and deep watering to encourage the development of strong roots. Apply enough water so that the top 6-8 inches of soil are moistened. This allows the roots to grow deeply, promoting stability and better access to nutrients.
  3. Time of day: Water your new plants and shrubs early in the morning or late in the afternoon. This minimizes water loss through evaporation and allows the foliage to dry before evening, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
  4. Monitor soil moisture: Regularly check the soil’s moisture level by inserting your finger or a moisture meter into the ground. If the top inch or so of soil feels dry, it’s usually an indication that it’s time to water.
  5.  Adjust based on weather conditions: Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, and rainfall affect the watering needs of plants. During hot and dry periods, you may need to increase the watering frequency, while rainy periods may require less supplemental watering.
  6. Mulch application: The layer of organic mulch we have added around your plants and shrubs, will help retain soil moisture, reduces weed growth, and regulates soil temperature.

*Please note that some plants may need thorough, deep watering throughout the first year or at least through the first summer, especially if we move towards a drought situation. This may hold true for established plants as well. And in some instances, transplanted plants may require two years of supplemental watering.

Bottom line – observe your new plants closely and make adjustments as needed. This will help you establish an effective watering routine for optimal growth and health.

Please reach out with any questions you may have (203-270-3331), we’re here to help.

Holmes Fine Gardens