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Is Your Landscaping Getting Enough Water?

Using landscaping plants that include a variety of shrubs and bushes is a great way to spice up your yard and improve your curb appeal. However, landscape maintenance and care can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the landscaping game. Making sure your landscape plants and bushes get enough water—without oversaturating them—can be challenging to achieve.

This is especially true if you have a wide variety of plants with different requirements. It’s not uncommon for different species to have different water needs. So, let’s explore the different watering methods, most efficient ways to water your landscaping, how to know your plants are getting enough water, and how much water they need to thrive.

Watering Methods

There are many different methods you can use to water your landscaping. Which one you use depends on your preference and whether some are low maintenance landscaping plants.

  • Hand watering 

    Hand watering is most effective when used with small or potted plants. Attempting to water your entire landscape by hand would be time-consuming and ineffective.
  • Sprinkler or irrigation system 

    A sprinkler or irrigation system is a great way to keep your plants watered if you have extensive landscaping. It’s best to incorporate the use of a timer if you use a sprinkler system.

  • Drip irrigation 

    Drip irrigation uses a series of tubes, either above or below the soil’s surface, which allow water to slowly drip to the roots of plants. This is also an effective watering method with extensive landscaping.

  • Portable sprinklers 

    If you have specific plants that need more water than others, a portable sprinkler is highly effective at regulating water amounts. You can use portable sprinklers for one plant or all your landscaping.

Check the Soil

Before randomly watering your soil, it’s important to know exactly what kind of soil you have. Different soils need different amounts of water, so you’ll want to use a sensor to check the moisture levels of different types of soil. If you don’t have a moisture sensor, you can poke a screwdriver or spade into the soil and check its color. If the soil on the tool is dark and balls up, then odds are there’s enough water. To be sure, check to see if moisture is present 6-12 inches below the surface. If there is, then your landscaping has enough water.

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Adjust Your Watering

Depending on the weather and the time of year, you’ll need to adjust your watering schedule. Landscaped plants need more water during the summer and less water during the winter, so plan accordingly. Additionally, it’s better to water in the early morning hours during summer and winter months. But before watering, be sure to check the weather. If it rains soon after watering your plants, they might become flooded and waterlogged. This can be damaging or even deadly to your landscaping.

Use Mulch in Your Beds

Mulch adds some extra maintenance to your landscaping, but it also serves a vital purpose in protecting it. A 2-to-3-inch layer of mulch will keep the soil moist and slow the evaporation process. It will also keep the soil cooler and allow moisture to go deeper into the root system of your plants. The best place to utilize mulch or wood chips is around trees and larger plans and shrubs.

Call the Experts

Enjoying the benefits of beautiful landscaping is easy but maintaining it can be more difficult. To ensure your landscaping is cared for in the right way, check out The Grounds Guys landscaping professionals. The Grounds Guys will keep your lawn, plants, and shrubs looking pristine and will make sure that your sprinkler or irrigation system is working properly. For all-around landscape care and peace of mind, call The Grounds Guys for a quote and see how they can make your life easier.