If you water your lawn every day, you are encouraging shallow roots. Water fewer days per week and enough for it to penetrate at least 1 inch into the soil. This will encourage deeper root growth and a healthier lawn. The odd/even watering system that the state mandates is a good rule of thumb. Odd numbered addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Even numbered addresses water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Water Early and Avoid Windy Days
Watering Early in the day helps reduce the likelihood of fungus growth and sun damage. Typically it is less windy in the mornings. Don’t use sprinklers on windy days; it results in uneven watering and over spray onto sidewalks and pavement.
Water areas that are in the shade about 30% less than sunny areas. Shade creates a micro-climate of cooler temperatures and lower evaporation, so plants need less water.
Outdoor Plant Watering
Apply a three-inch layer of mulch or compost around plants to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth, and reduce weeds. Keep mulch a few inches away from tree trunks to prevent rot. Again, water deeply and less often so that you encourage strong root growth.
Using a soaker hose around your flower beds, foundation shrubs, and newly planted plants ensures that the plants will get adequate water and reduced evaporation.
Gator Bags® are inner tube-like circles that you fill with water and fit around the trunk of your trees and large shrubs. The water is slowly released to the roots of the tree. Gator Bags® are used by professional landscapers and contractors to ensure that the plants are being watered correctly.
Soil Moist® should be mixed into your soil along with your soil conditioner and planting mix to reduce the amount of water needed for your plants. Soil Moist® acts as a water reservoir –even during periods of drought, the stored water is released to the plant. The expansion and retraction of the polymer during the watering cycle helps soil aeration, which is important to all plants.