Many a landscape grows well without benefit of irrigation but rare is the garden, lawn or landscape that does not respond gloriously to some extra watering. Then, too, extra watering is necessary because seldom does a summer pass without a dry spell that lasts from three to four weeks.
insufficient water stunts plant growth, delays maturity and reduces yield and table quality especially of such vegetables as lettuce, celery, spinach and the root crops where succulence is so important.
They tell us that water in soil is good to the last drop; that the moisture content of soil can sink to a low level before it ceases to be available to plants. True, but this is no excuse for withholding water too long. It simply suggests that thorough soaking rather than frequent sprinkling does the job best with a saving of both labor and water.
With that being said and we get into the hot weather your plants need your help more than ever. Especially newly installed plants, you cannot rely on irrigation to do the job for you. While your plants are at a nursery they are watered daily and throughly. Then once planted you must help them adapt to their new environment and get them used to reach outward for their water needs and not inward to the environment they were used to. For example most plants are grown in containers which their roots do not have far to go to find water. However once planted that source of water is outward and the roots must now go outward to find the water. So newly planted shrubs need that direct water contact at the base of the plant to ensure the plant gets its required amount of water to thrive.
Weeds not only rob the garden of moisture but of nutrients and light. Don’t give them a chance! Remember, too, that they are much easier to battle when they’re small.
Follow these guidelines and you will beneift a lucious and healthy landscape during this coming summer heat!