How Often Should I Water My Plants and Trees?
There's no good answer to that. We drink when we're thristy and it's the same with plants. Too many variables can enter the
picture: light, wind, rain, temperature, humidity and the type of plants installed... Some general guidelines are as follows: after installtion
keep the plants moist for two weeks, water everyday if it doesn't rain at least a half inch. For the next two weeks water three times per week,
or everyday if it is hot and dry. You will need to keep the new installation watered carefully for the first year. The plants should then be
rooted in well enough to withstand a little stress. This does not mean no water! Water your plants when they are dry. Look at the soil to see
if it is dry, learn to recognize drought symptoms. Your plants will tell you when they are thirsty. Check them daily and water as needed. Look
for any or all of the following symptoms:
Wilting merely indicates root damage. Always feel the soil to make sure it's not already too wet. If the plant is wilted and the soil is
dry, water. If it is still wet, let it dry out before watering again.
- Folding or Cupping
Many plants merely fold up their leaves when they are dry. Lawn grasses are excellent examples. Their leaves either fold like a book or
roll like a newspaper.
- Color Changes
Some plants never wilt, fold or curl when dry. Their leaves simply lose their rich green coloration. Hollies are excellent examples. Their
foliage, when dry, turns a dull metallic green color.
Low maintenance is low maintenance, it is not no maintenance.
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How Often Should I Water My Lawn?
Water your new lawn frequently and lightly at first, since its roots will be shallow and quite vunerable to extreme moisture.
Gradually reduce the frequency and increase the dosages. Once well rooted, letting the soil dry to a depth of several inches will help the grass
develop deep roots. Remember: no lawn can survive a hot Texas summer without extra watering. Fact is you'll need to water your lawn during
other seasons as well. Grass roots remain alive during the winter, and a good soaking every few weeks may be the key to pulling the grass
through in prime condition.
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Lawn Care And Fertilizing
Fertilize lawn grasses at eight to ten week intervals during the growing season. The first application should be made six to
eight weeks before the first expected killing frost. Apply a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio fertilizer at each of these times. Rates of application will
be listed on the package.
Obviously, excessive rainfall and other climatic fators can result in more frequent feedings for newly installed lawns. Start
your fertilizing 6 weeks after installation. Use no weed killers for 10 to 15 weeks.
Most young grass is very sensitive and it is safer simply to wait, instead of taking the chance on chemical damage. Mowing will
eliminate most of the weeds. Mow at recommended heights, don't let your grass get long and lanky.
There are several non chemical alternatives for use against insects or fungus, or organic fertilizers. An excellent
resource is the Internet.
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