Watering 101

Published by Bucks Country Gardens in Lawn & GardenPlants

Original Article Posted June 19, 2016

I suggest watering is 90% art and 10% science. Many of you will disagree and I’m ok with that. If watering were all science there would be one way…a right way. There are actually many ways to water plants, some better than others, but no one way that is the only way. Just ask any of us at Bucks Country Gardens and you’ll likely get different answers. Sounds like art to me. This is my art of watering…

Start with the proper tools.

• Pocket Hose – lightweight and easy to store for your convenience OR a Heavy Duty Hose, if you prefer – Kink-free hoses may cost more, but are so easy to use and reduce watering time.
• Watering Wand with diffuser and shut off valve – There are lots to choose from. Find one you like.
• Watering Can – I mix my own fertilizer for best results, so a two-gallon can is the only way to go.
• Oscillating Metal Sprinkler – Sprinklers are for lawns. Water your plants and shrubs with a hose and wand.
• Gator Bags – The best and easiest way to water young trees… especially ones far away.

When Should You Water?

• Immediately when you get your plant home! Unless it dripped all over your car it is likely dry.
• Immediately after planting. Helps to settle the soil and sooth the roots.
• Weekly for trees, twice weekly for shrubs, every other day for planters, and new lawns, daily for baskets
• More frequently during hot, dry weather and less frequently during cool, wet weather.
• Before the onset of winter. The last watering in the fall is the most critical of the year.

How Much Water Is Needed?

• Trees – 10-20 Gallons
• Shrubs – 1-10 Gallons
• Planters/Baskets – Until the water drips out the bottom
• Lawns – 30–60 Minutes

Watering Science

• Deep watering encourages deep roots. Deep roots equals stronger healthier plants.
• Most important time to water is when plants are dry…ANYTIME!
• The best time to water is early morning.
• The worst time to water is the evening.
• Measure gallons from a hose by the time it takes to fill a one-gallon container.
• Check top 2”–3” of root ball for moisture. Water if dry.
• Water around the drip line of the plant, not on the crown or trunk.
• Nature normally provides enough water for established trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns.
• Irrigation over-watering rather than under-watering kills more plants.

Wondering if you are watering enough, not enough, what products to use? Watch our short video on Watering Practices. Also, shop our selection of irrigation products and stop in with any questions. We will be happy to assist you. We love H2O and so do our plants!

Written by:
 Tom Hebel | President of Bucks Country Gardens
David Jones | Horticulturist & Customer Service Specialist
Video by Heather Fesmire | Digital Marketing Assistant