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Watering Your Landscape

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- You need to be thinking about making a plan for watering landscape plants when its one of those dry as a bone periods.

In considering your lawn and when the soil gets dry, watering once a week with one inch of water would be sufficient. Now, if it's a drought situation, that water irrigation should be stepped up to two inches a week. If the lawn looks like a barren desert and all brown, the grass isn't dead but has gone dormant. When the clouds open up with rain, the grass will come out of dormancy and green up.

Don't fertilize your lawn in the hot summer months and especially when the grass is dormant in an attempt to green it up. Basically, the guideline for watering also applies to your shrubs and trees as well as your vegetable garden.

Now, lets take a look at the best time to water. Actually, the worst time to water is when you water over head in late evening. What happens is that the water won't dry off the leaves and thus the chances of those plants being affected by disease is greatly increased. The best time to water is early morning and then again around 4-5 in the evening. Irrigating early evening during the summer months should have its leaves dry before nightfall.

Here is something interesting. Watering in the hot afternoon won't scald the plants as many believe. The only downfall of afternoon watering is the fact that the water will evaporate before it ever gets to the plant roots.

Don't forget the best way to water your garden and shrubs is with one of those soaker hoses, especially if you cover the hose with mulch.


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