Here are a few watering instructions for you to follow for your new landscape. While all gardens and plants are different, this will give you a general idea on how to make sure your garden is being watered correctly:
If the soil is loose and doesn’t compact in your hand as you make a fist, you aren’t watering enough. If the soil is soggy, you are over watering.
You should water early in the morning or in the evening time.
Make sure you are watering the rootball and not the plant. The rootballs of most plants are located in the first 12” of the soil. Tree roots are deeper than plant roots, so tree roots will require more water.
Depending on how your irrigation system was installed and designed, we recommend that you water 10–15 minutes per zone on all pop up heads and 30–45 minutes if you are using rotor heads.
We also recommend that you have multiple start times, as this will allow the water to soak in rather than running off on to pavement.
Sod – Sod should be watered once per day depending on sun exposure.
Seasonal Color – Summer color should be watered once per day and fall color should be watered three times per week, depending on sun exposure.
Perennials – Perennials should be watered once per day during growing season, depending on sun exposure (April – September), and weekly during the months of October – March.
Shrubs – Shrubs should be watered once per day during growing season, depending on sun exposure (April – September), and two or three times per week during the months of October – March.
Trees – We recommend that you hand water all new trees for the first two years (although your irrigation system is great for watering all other plant material). New trees will require additional watering to make sure their root system stays moist during the hot summer temperatures, and should be watered two to four times per week during summer.