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Top 3 Watering Mistakes

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

Are you making these watering mistakes? If so, you could be doing more harm than good to your landscape.

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Over Watering

  • Too much water causes excess fungal growth and encourages diseases.

  • Plants can drown in a matter of minutes or hours (roots suffocate from lack of oxygen)

  • Symptoms (withering) are the same as under-watering

Watering Too Frequently

  • Similar to above — encourages fungus and disease

  • Weakens root systems. Plant & turf roots remain shallow

  • Plants can't sustain themselves through stress because roots aren't properly developed

  • Plants learn that they don't have to wait for water

  • Roots can rot and plant will die

Watering at Night

  • Nighttime watering DOES give water more time to soak in before it evaporates BUT it also allows it to just sit on the surface, which can contribute to fungal problems

Best Watering Practices

  • Water early in the morning (between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.). This gives the water time to soak in but allows the soil to dry out quickly enough to minimize fungal problems.

  • Avoid watering in the mid- or late afternoon.

  • Water lawns, trees and shrubs deeply each time you water. It’s better to water deeply 1-2 times a week than to water more frequently as this allows the soil to dry out between waterings.

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