The lack of adequate water for plant growth is bad for our plants; however, over-watering is just as detrimental and may cause more plant deaths than we know. Injury from over-watering is very common though not easy to detect until the plant dies. Lack of available water in our climate will cause symptoms such as wilting.
Landscaping Birmingham Alabama – Good Watering Habits
Each time you water, allow water to reach the expected root depth of various plants. Lawn roots are about 4 to 6 inches deep. Tree and shrub feeder roots will be within the top 2 feet. Use a trowel or soil probe to check moisture levels. Check this level 3 to 4 times as you water and record the average time for water to reach the rooting level. Keep in mind that water leaching below the root system is lost.
Landscaping Birmingham Alabama – Warning Signals for Under-watering
Get to know how your plant signals for water. When moisture is low, turf will turn a dark blue-black and show footprints when it’s walked on. Plants will lose their luster and tips will droop. Browning on leaf tips and margins often signals a water problem.
Landscaping Birmingham Alabama – Adjust Watering Schedules
When the weather changes, adjust your watering schedule and irrigation controller, if you have one. On warm or windy days, plants and soils dry out more quickly. During cooler and wetter months, water less. Check the soil periodically.
As plants grow, adjust the watering schedule. Even low-water-use plants require more water until they become established. Check these plants periodically and gradually decrease watering frequency, but continue to water deeply each time.
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