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Tips for Watering Plant Material

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Shrubs and flowers put on their show for us every year from spring to fall and sometimes winter.  What is the best way to care for your plant material, especially if we are having a drought? Below, we’ll give you the right tips for watering plants so you can stop and enjoy the scenery all year, every year. If you would like to renovate your landscape in Maryland, please call The Landscape Design Center in Edgewater, Maryland.

Water Slowly and Deeply into the Roots

Part of producing healthy, vibrant flowers is how you water them. Water them slowly and deeply, giving them a long drink every time you water rather than a splash. Plants will grow deeper roots if you water deeper but less frequently. In addition, water the plant directly at the soil level instead of overhead, where water will collect on the plant itself or just evaporate. Some plants, like roses, can get fungus on their leaves by watering above.

Water in the Cool of the Day

The soil can get hot during the day, especially in summer in Maryland. Water your plants in the morning or evening so the water doesn’t evaporate, get hot, OR reflect the client and cause burning on the plant. Morning is the best in Maryland because watering in the evening can also promote fungal growth.

Water According to the Species

Each plant may have slightly different watering needs. Some might be drought tolerant, but others might thrive best in watery conditions. Understand the watering needs of each species so you don’t under or over-water them. Also, consult with a Landscape Designer to ensure you are installing plants in their desired location. If plants are installed in their preferred sun/shade exposure, you won’t have to worry about watering as much!

Water According to the Weather

Since rainfall supplies most of the water to your plants, you may forget to check on them when the rain stops. It isn’t until you see drooping that you realize they need water. So it is best to check on your plants every so often.

Try Out a Self-Irrigating System

Since we do have such fluctuating temperatures in Maryland, it might be a good idea to invest in an irrigation system. Whether you are on vacation or just going out of town, you won’t have to worry about your plant investment. You can keep them watered while you’re gone by implementing an irrigation system. There are many different kinds of systems, like hose bib timers, full-blown irrigation systems, and simple drip systems. Contact a Landscape Designer to find out which one is best for you. Then with a timed irrigation system, you can be sure that the plant material will be taken care of while you are gone.

Water New Plants Daily

A little extra care will help the newest additions to your garden. Depending on the time of year, it is best to water your new plants at least once a day (sometimes twice) so they can establish their roots. Daily gentle watering will give them the push they need to thrive. However, make sure to back off after about two weeks. You want them to become dependent on their own root system and not rely solely on you.

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