With all of the beautiful new landscapes and seasonal color installed lately, we felt it would be a good idea to offer some advice on keeping your new green (or red, or yellow, or pink…) friends healthy and happy through the hot summer months!
As we discussed earlier, water restrictions may sound scary, but there’s really no need to worry. Although watering by sprinkler/irrigation systems will soon (on June 1) be under Stage 3 water restrictions for properties in the North Texas Municipal Water District, there won’t be any limits on drip irrigation or hand watering. Well, you won’t be able to “hand water” your driveways, but other than that you should be in the clear!
But how much hand watering does a large tree require? What about shrubs? Or that brand new seasonal color? Here’s a quick chart estimating how much time you should spend with your hose and various additions to your new landscape:
These times can vary depending on your area and the weather. Here’s what to look for to make sure that your plants are getting the proper amount of water:
– If the soil sticks together in your hand, you are watering properly.
– If the soil is crumbly when you grab a handful, you need to water more. If the weather is very dry and hot (as it tends to be around here), you may have to hand water more often.
– If the soil is soggy or swampy, then you are over watering.
Remember that the above information is a guideline, not a guarantee, especially given the crazy weather we tend to experience around here. The first moment you notice signs of distress in your landscape, be sure to give Complete Landsculpture a call. If caught early on, most problems can be evaluated and remedied before it becomes a landscape catastrophe!
By: Wylee Wooldridge