What is the best
method for watering new plants?
Water plants thoroughly when natural rainfall is less
than one inch per week. To check the weekly amount of rainfall, you can buy a rain gauge
or use something as basic as a coffee can. Also, the Sunday newspaper lists the
precipitation measured by the National Weather Service in Moon Township, but keep in mind
that rainfall can vary greatly 10 or 20 miles to the north or south of your location.
How often should you
When watering becomes
necessary, plants should be thoroughly soaked once a week. Apply water slowly and
repeatedly to allow time for it to soak into the ground. (If the weather has been dry, and
you are watering once a week, it is difficult to give plants too much water).
Exceptions to the
plant trees in very hard compacted clay, usually in new neighborhoods or townhouse
developments. In this case, we recommend that watering intervals be extended to once every
two weeks for large trees, since these planting holes can act like "bathtubs"
the way they hold water for long periods of time.