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How to Water Turf, Plants & Trees

1. Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals

  • First 2 Weeks: Water plants daily. Water enough to lightly soak the root ball.
  • Second 2 Weeks: Water plant material every other day. Water enough to lightly soak the root ball.
  • After 4 Weeks: Plants need water to soak the root ball 1-2 times per week. If rainfall (mother nature) provides sufficient water, you can forego watering that cycle. Remember, light rainfall may not be enough water to penetrate the mulch/soil to lightly soak the root ball. It’s important to monitor new plants during the first year. Plants will need supplemental watering during hot and dry conditions.


2. Sod

  • First 2 Weeks: Water sod daily. Set your sprinkler time based on when the water penetrates through the sod soil into the native soil.
  • Second 2 Weeks: Water plant material every other day. Set your sprinkler time based on when the water penetrates the soil on the underside.
  • After 4 Weeks: Lawns need enough water to penetrate the soil 1-2 times per week. An ideal amount of rainfall would be 1” per week (split into 2 waterings of ½”). Remember, light rainfall may not be enough water to penetrate the soil of the lawn and lightly soak the roots. It’s important to monitor your lawn during the first year, as the sod will need supplemental watering during hot and dry conditions. If you water your lawn more than 2 times per week you are increasing the chance for disease and fungus problems. Disease problems increase with high moisture, heat and humidity.

3. Seed

  • First 2 Weeks: Water seed daily. Set your sprinkler time based on when the water penetrates the soil.
  • Second 2 Weeks: Water seed every other day. Set your sprinkler time based on when the water penetrates the soil.
  • After 4 Weeks: Lawns need enough water to penetrate the soil 1-2 times per week. An ideal amount of rainfall would be 1” per week (split into 2 waterings of ½”). Remember, light rainfall will not be enough water to penetrate the soil of the lawn and lightly soak the roots. It’s important to monitor your lawn during the first year, as lawns will need supplemental watering during hot and dry conditions. If you water your lawn more than 2 times per week you are increasing the chance for disease and fungus problems. Disease problems increase with high moisture, heat and humidity.

Written by Brandon Rushing, Founder & President

Posted on: August 7th, 2020