Depending on where you live, this time of the year can be brutal on your lawn and outdoor plants. The other day I was having a conversation with a friend who owns a landscaping company in Cincinnati and I asked him what is the one question that most of your clients ask you most often during the summer. His response? How often should I water my plants?
Below, we’ve shared an excerpt from an article on this very same topic that appeared earlier this month in The River City News:
Myth 1: Water in the heat of the day cools off the leaves.
Truth: While we’d like to think our plants love a good, cool dip as much as we do – not so much. For the vast majority of plants, this is just a big myth. Plants pull moisture from their roots and utilize it. If your plants are healthy and they’re positioned in the right spot, they’ll cool themselves.
Myth 2: I don’t need to water because we got 3″ of rain 5 days ago.
Truth: Lies, I tell ya! If 3″ of rain fell over a short period (1 day or less), the majority of that moisture ran off or evaporated before it made its way down into the soil. That means that your plants didn’t get 3” to drink.
Plus, if the following days are 90 degrees and sunny, those plants are going to burn through that rainwater in no time at all. Remember this: plants need less water more frequently so that moisture is available at the root system as they need
Myth 3: If it ain’t rainin’, I gotta be sprinklin’.
Truth: Watering too much is mostly a waste of water. For fescue grasses, sprinkle enough so there’s 1 inch of water per week. In the dead of summer, on an established lawn, try for 20-30 minutes every other day. Watering in the morning is best because it cuts down on disease, evaporation and other unnecessary loss.
Myth 4: My grass isn’t bright green. I’m a lawn failure!
Truth: If you’re reading this, you care about your landscape. Pat on the back to you. Your lawn actually goes a bit dormant in the dead of summer to protect itself against the high temperatures and dry conditions. Give yourself a break – it’s okay! Your grass has evolved to handle this. Follow the guidelines above and you (and your grass) will be just fine.
Myth 5: Everything gets about the same amount of water.
Truth: Every kind of plant has different moisture needs. Even the same plants vary by size and how well they’re established. We’ve already covered the rule of thumb for grass watering, so here are some tips for the other plants in your landscape:
Have happy little trees? Established trees water similar to the lawn, but they take a different technique. Set your hose to a slow stream on the drip line of the tree and avoid overhead sprinklers when possible. Water new trees more frequently.
Are pots your thing? Sprinkle your container plants until water drips out of the drain holes in the bottom. Let them rest and then, give just a bit more. If you find a container bone dry, wait until it is saturated and dripping). Let them dry before watering again. How do you know when it is dry enough? It’s dry to the touch, but the soil hasn’t separated from the container.
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