The heat of summer is over, but your plants still need you.
In early fall, especially during a dry season, new and established plants alike may need to be watered.
How do you know if you’re plants need water?
To know for sure if your plants need water, check the soil at the plant base. Scrape back any mulch and place your finger into the soil an inch or so. Is it moist? If it is, then your plant does not need to be watered. If it is dry and if you cannot easily shape the dirt in your hand, proceed to watering. Soil around almost all plants should never be “bone dry.”
How do you water most effectively?
According to the University of Illinois Extension, no matter how you water, the water should be delivered slowly, and soak the top 6-8” of soil.
Use these guides for watering times, giving first attention to newer planted plants:
Shrubs and trees: Water with the nozzle off of the hose at the base of the shrub for 2-3 minutes.
Perennials: Water perennials with the nozzle on the hose, protecting the blooms. Compared to shrubs, perennials have very small root balls, which means they will need to be checked and /or possibly watered more often. Water for 1 – 2 minutes.
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Or Check out this article for more helpful tips: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cf…/homeowners/101118.html