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How to Water your Trees, Shrubs & Perennial

Updated: Mar 29, 2021


How to water your plants the Right Way

Trees, Shrubs & Perennials


When: 2-4 Rule - Top 2-4 inches of soil around the rootball is dry. Best to do early morning between 6-8 am. But late afternoon or early evening is fine. Just be sure there is enough time for the foliage to dry before dark.

Finger Test - Push fingers into soil against the root ball or the dripline to your knuckles or as far as the soil will permit without great struggle.(from the tip of the finger to knuckle is about 4 inches.) If the soil is moist at 4 inch depth, you will not have to water.

How Much and How Often Water should penetrate or soak into the soil about 4-6 inches around the entire rootball or the plant's dripline.

The rate of drainage at planting site determines how often the plant will need water. Refer to the 2-4 Rule above.

Best Way to get the Job Done

Water the roots, not the leaves.

Gator Bag

Soaker Hose

Drip System


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