August Gardening – Watering the Lawn and Garden

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mitch Baker with American Plant talks about watering our lawn and garden.

    Mitch Baker: Hi! I'm Mitch Baker with American Plant. I'm talking about watering our lawn and garden.

    This time of the year, all of our plants are showing some signs of stress from the long hot summer months, and watering is probably the most important thing we can do at this time of the year, to keep them looking fresh and green and stress-free.

    So hand-watering using a water-wand is still one of the best methods of delivering water directly to the root zone of our plants. Watering early in the morning, it's the best time of the day to water so that that water is in place and the plants have time to take it up before mid-day, the hottest part of the day.

    Now, around some of our smaller ornamental trees, we can use gator bags or tree gators. That's another way to deliver water right to the root zone of these trees, a slow drip of water, 15 to 20 gallons over a five to seven day period, just make sure you're refilling these gator bags regularly. A gator bag empty, laying around the base of a tree may actually be preventing rainwater from getting to the root zone of the tree.

    So if you're going to use the gator bags, make sure you keep them full, every five to seven days right through the season. Soaker hoses are another great way to deliver water directly to the root zones of our plants, and these recycled rubber hoses weep water along the entire length, getting that water right down into the root zone with very little evaporation. So it's an efficient way of delivering water to our plants as long as they are properly snaked through the flowerbeds, so that we're getting water to the entire area.

    To be even more efficient, you can cover your soaker hoses with mulch, even less evaporation occurs this way and they're not so noticeable in your flowerbeds.

    Now, watering our lawns, the Sprinkler is still probably the most efficient way to do that. Yes, there is some evaporation, but we're trying to cover a large area typically with a Sprinkler.

    So an Oscillating Sprinkler, going back and forth, again using it first thing in the morning, before things are hot. An Oscillating Sprinkler needs to round 60 to 90 minutes to deliver about an inch of water to the turf root zone. Doing that once a week is typically sufficient to keep our lawns looking fresh and green.

    So if you follow these watering tips, your lawn and garden should look fresh and green through the whole season.