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When and How to Water Your Plants

It’s summertime, which means it’s pretty hot out there. If you worry about your plants, you are not alone. Many homeowners wonder if the rain is enough. Even with the summer showers, we get this time of year, you may be concerned that the hot sun is simply too much for your plants to be able to thrive. That’s why homeowners who love their gardens, flower beds, trees, and landscaping look into when and how to water their plants.

When to Water Your Plants
The biggest question is “Do I need to give my plants additional water beyond what they get from the rain?” In order to know for sure, Suffield, OH landscape experts recommend gently digging around the root zone with your fingers, about 2-3” for small plants and 6-8” for larger plants and full-grown trees. If the soil feels dry to the touch, water is needed. If the soil feels moist, your plants are getting what they need from the summer rain or your sprinkler system and do not require any extra water.

How to Water Your Plants
The best way to water your plants is to place the hose at the base of the plant and let the water flow over the plant gently and naturally. For small plants, anywhere from two to five minutes is plenty. Larger plants require more time, especially trees. Trees should be watered 15-20 minutes. After this, go ahead and turn the water off. You don’t want to drown the plant.

Another Watering Tip
If you find your ground is getting very dry, very quickly, you may want to consider adding a layer of mulch around your plants. Mulch is for more than just aesthetic looks! It is great to keep moisture in the ground around your plants and on their roots. However, excess amounts of mulch will result in poor air circulation and reduce plant vigour. You’ll want your mulch layer to be about 2-inches deep.

It is important to note that your plant’s health will deteriorate over time if you keep it too wet on a consistent basis. A plant weakened by over-watering may die from oxygen deprivation or become susceptible to pests and disease. Newly-planted flowers, trees, and bushes should be checked more frequently for the first few weeks.

Does this all sound a bit confusing? Water a little, when needed, but don’t water too much… it can be tough to keep track of. It’s okay! You don’t have to do this on your own! The professionals at Land Pro Landscaping can be brought in to handle any and all of your home’s landscaping needs, including additional watering or laying down a mulch layer. Our landscapers are highly trained, experienced, and use proven methods when it comes to lawn maintenance. From planting and fertilization to watering and growth, to comprehensive landscape design and installation, there is no project too large or too simple for our landscaping experts. Schedule visits from us as much as you need to uphold a well-manicured landscape all year round! Call us now at (330) 801-5657 to get a free Suffield, OH landscaping quote!

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  • Akron
  • Stow
  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • Munroe Falls
  • Kent
  • Rootstown
  • Brimfield
  • Suffield


  • Lakemore
  • Green
  • Hartville
  • Uniontown
  • Randolph
  • Atwater
  • Portage Lakes
  • New Franklin


  • North Canton
  • Greentown
  • Fairlawn
  • Tallmadge
  • Mogadore
  • Ravenna

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