1. 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.
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.
*Points to Remember
Deep watering encourages deep rooting. Shallow watering invites drought damage. Soak the soil thoroughly when you water, then allow it to dry slightly before watering again. Your plants' root system will grow downward in search of the moist soil. Good watering equipment is one of your most important investments. Remember the requirements; whichever equipment you use must distribute water uniformly and efficiently, with a minimum of runoff and evaporation. Water well before freezing weather in the winter, dry plants are more likely to be damaged by freezes.