Watering your landscape is a common practice, but what if watering your landscape was actually negatively impacting your landscape? Would you continue to water? Would you stop watering altogether? Would you change your watering habits to benefit your landscape?
Water is a very important part of growing healthy plants, but “healthy” watering is required to be beneficial. Over watering or improperly applying water can have negative effects on your land-scape. Along with water, plant roots require other important things like air and nutrients to estab-lish a healthy root system. Let’s take a minute to look at the adverse effects of watering.
Over watering typically leads to a couple of main problems. The biggest problem is plant dis-ease. Diseases like warm wet places and will thrive in these situations. Over application of water during the summer months will increase the disease pressure on your plants costing you more money to maintain healthy plants. The second factor to consider with over watering is saturation of the root zone. Plant roots require both air and water to function properly. When you over apply water you force out the air which negatively effects the plant.
So how do we water our landscape effectively, efficiently and environmentally friendly? We water our landscapes late at night or early in the morning before the sun rises. This allows us to put water in the root zone while ambient temperatures are the lowest. This helps to prevent evaporation and the spreading of plant diseases. Secondly, water your landscape deeply and infrequently. You do this by water once every 3-4 days for a longer period of time. It’s better to water once a week for 4 hours then it is to water every day for 30 minutes.
These are just a few tips to help you better water your landscape. Watering is very beneficial when done correctly, but can be very costly when done incorrectly.