Spring is a good time to think about how much water your plants will need this growing season and how you will provide it. Our watering resources will help you water properly to keep your plants healthy.
Last year we had very little rain in May and June. Some plants suffered drought stress before summer arrived.
As our summers get hotter and drier, even plants that didn’t need watering in the past will need some supplemental water. This includes mature trees and shrubs. It may take some years before the full impact of drought stress shows on larger plants such as trees and shrubs.
Over the past few summers we have seen an increasing amount of drought stress in our clients’ landscapes. We are sad to see plants suffer from lack of water.
If you don’t water in summer, you will eventually lose some of your cherished plants. You may want to save money by reducing your watering. But if you lose the plants you invested money in, what have you gained?
Plants use water for many important functions, such as photosynthesis, transporting minerals for plant growth, disease and insect resistance and many more. Without water, all functions begin to decline.
This can lead to many problems. For example, a plant that is stressed and unhealthy is more susceptible to insects and diseases. A lawn that has dried out and become thin is prone to invasion by weeds and moss. A vegetable plant that has not received enough water will produce a smaller harvest, and individual vegetables will be smaller and less tasty.
Watering is especially important for plants that are newly planted. Trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials all need regular watering for the first two or three growing seasons until they have become established.
Since we continue to be concerned about water and plant health, we have produced a number of resources.
Watering resources: YouTube playlist
Our YouTube playlist on Watering Your Lawn and Garden has several videos on the basics of watering, watering systems, watering new plants and trees, and more.
- Watering 101: Create Strong and Healthy Plants
- A Good Start: How to Plant and Water a New Plant
- Tree Gators: How to Water a New Tree
- Water Timers: Make Your Watering Easier
- How Much Water? Rain Gauges, Sensors and Tuna Cans
- Watering Systems: Wands, Hoses and Sprinklers
- Choosing and Using Mulch
- Measuring One Inch of Water
- Natural Lawn Care: Smart Watering
Watering resources: blog posts
Check out these posts for information about how and why to water.
- Smart watering: how much, when and how long to water
- Give your plant a good start: how to plant and water it
- Summer lawn care: watering, mowing
- Choose drought-tolerant plants and reduce time you spend watering
- Watering will help manage insect problems
- Invest in watering for landscape dividends
- Plants need water to survive and thrive
Watering resources: other
- The Saving Water Partnership has loads of information on watering, including automatic systems,choosing and using drip irrigation and soaker hoses and more.
- Seattle Public Utilities has a guide on Smart Watering.
- Swanson’s Nursery has a great article on best watering practices.