WATER WATER WATER WATER
Gardening Rule No. 1
Successful plants that you see flourishing, have received the ideal conditions for their growing needs. Of course, just like people, plant needs vary. The basic components are light (sunlight or artificial light with the correct solar spectrum), water, temperature and nutrition. Depending on the type of plant, the quantity and ratio of each of these will vary.
However if there's one thing that ALL newly installed garden plants need, it's plenty of WATER. Establishing a robust root system right from the outset gives plants the best start in life. They achieve that by receiving the right amount of water so that their roots can spread out and absorb plenty of essential minerals from the soil. They can then shoot up top growth and gather sunlight to make energy, allowing them to mature and proliferate with gusto!
A general rule of thumb is that new plantings need 10 minutes of water from the hose on the “SHOWER” or “SOAKER” setting for every 30cm (12 inches) of height, every day for 2 weeks. After that once or twice weekly for the remainder of the summer.
I came across a very informative article on the subject of watering newly installed plants from the Dyck Arboretum called "Water Smart: Steps to establishing your new plants", which I have posted below.
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Gardens by Bonnie offers customers specialized gardening and landscaping services. Principal Design Consultant & owner Bonnie Gough, with a talent for interior and exterior design, transforms small, medium & large gardens into dream outdoor living spaces. She loves water accents, romantic paths & walkways, stone, wooden or wrought iron benches, arbours, shrubs, vines, evergreens, succulents and of course lots & lots of flowers, both perennial and annual!
Raised in England by Scottish parents, Bonnie moved to Canada on her own when she was just 19 years old. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and two dogs in the Danforth/Woodbine North Beaches area.
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Do you want to save time and energy, as well as be more environmentally friendly? Then consider transforming your grass lawn. By reducing the size of your grass lawn, or completely eliminating it, not only will you save yourself time & money you'll also be helping the environment. Your time, energy and money will be saved by not mowing, weeding, seeding, fertilizing, aerating and watering it (or paying for a company to do it!). You'll be helping the environment, wildlife, your family and pets by reducing pesticide usage. Less watering also helps the environment as well as more savings to you on your water bill!
Consider adding these more eco-friendly alternatives to a grass lawn:
Check out this link to Stepables for some great ideas for ground cover alterternatives.
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