Water Your Plants

July 18th, 2012 | Posted by chradel-admin

A lot of people tend to think once a tree or shrub is newly planted they only have to water a few times and it’ll be good to go.  In actuality, it’s very important to water any newly installed plant material as often as possible.  In the dead heat of summer especially.  In the mid summer months of July and August it’s essential to give trees what they need in order to survive.  Trees, shrubs and perennials go through a significant amount of stress in their first season and need water more than fully established plant material.

Newly planted trees or shrubs should be watered every day the first week and then every 2-3 days for the rest of the season.  It may seem like a lot, but you want to make sure the tree survives and not have to replace or replant.  Be cognizant of weather conditions.  Watering may have to increase during extended periods of little to no rain fall.

Finally, when watering newly installed material it’s important to not over water. Tree roots actually need to breathe, and too much water can drown the roots leading to lightening or yellowing of leaves starting on the lower part of the tree and slowly move outward.  A little extra effort actually goes a long way in keeping the life and health of a tree sustainable.  Don’t waste the money effort of buying a new plants, only to see them falter and die.

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One Comment on “Water Your Plants”

  1. 1 permaculture virginia said at 1:50 am on January 10th, 2014:

    And where average yearly precipitation is low not only is it
    possible but it is very important to do so. Water – The
    collection of water forms possibly the most important part of permaculture.
    Healthy soil means healthy plants, which allows us to grow organic food.

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