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Are You Over-Watering Your Plants?

Over-water is easy to do. We all want our plants to have everything they need to grow healthy and big but are we over doing it? I will explain how you will know if your plants are getting a little too much.


Watering your plants the right way

As with all living things water is the main element to survival. Water plays an important role in the life of a plant, especially in the growing stage. We have always heard that watering is the magic pill to having healthy growing plants. Yes, for the moist part this is true but we also need to make sure we are not over doing it as well. Many of my landscape clients want to water their plants 24 hours a day. I have to inform them that watering too much can also be just as harmful as not watering enough. Plants are very vulnerable during the dry and hot months of summer. The first thing we want to do is water, water ,water. But not to much.



1. Irrigation is intended to supplement water when rainfall is not at its highest. Let’s face it if you installed a landscape worth thousands of dollars then you definitely want the plants to live and thrive. One of the biggest faults a homeowner could have is not knowing how to operate the sprinkler system. By knowing this you are able to adjust your water settings to the change in weather whenever possible. Waiting for a technician to arrive could take days depending on the time of year.

2.  One of the easiest ways to keep from over-watering your plants is to know your soil. If you are from the South then you know all about red clay. Clay soil holds water and if you are not careful water will not drain properly in the hole that the plant was planted in and drown. Amending this type of soil is imperative when planting to avoid these types of problems. Adding good topsoil and a pinch of sand will help the roots get what they need while the water drains at a moderate rate.

3. Setting a watering schedule is the best way to make sure your plants get the water they need when they need it. Not all plants have the same water needs as others  so setting a schedule with your irrigation will allow the plants that need more moisture will have that option. Over-watering those plants that use less water such as ornamental grasses will moisten the root to the point to where the root will start to rot.

4. Using a moisture measuring tools will keep you from over-watering. After watering your plants wait 15 – 20 minutes to allow water to run through the plants soil thoroughly. Stick the probe in the soil about 3 inches. After a minute you should get a reading that puts you in the blue, meaning the plant has plenty of water. If it is is the 1 -7 zone then you need to add water to the soil.

5. Using organic material such as mulch or pine straw to keep water from excessively evaporated. This will protect the soil and retain water longer.

6. If you water by hand always use a good nozzle on your garden hose. Not all nozzles are made the same. To many of them have cheap internal components and the water just comes trickling out. A name brand nozzle with metal or brace components will delivery the water evenly while mimicking a rainfall. Below are a few that I have used in case you are struggling to know what to buy.

1 Green Mount Garden Hose Nozzle

2 Underhill Garden Water Hose Nozzle

3 Fire Hose Nozzle

So many times I see plants die not from soil conditions or any factors we would think. It is mostly to water being added when it is not needed. I hope by writing this blog as with all of my blogs and can stop home owners from losing perfectly good plants because they didn’t know what to do.












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