Civano Nursery Watering Care Tips
The guidelines presented here are for native and desert adapted plants (excludes cacti, & ocotillo). High water use plants will require more frequent and longer irrigation period. Citrus and Cacti care are not included in the below instruction but are available on their respective care sheets.
Where Should I Water?
The soil surrounding the plant’s roots, called the “root zone”, serves as a storage tank from which the plant draws moisture. Most of the roots spread 1-1/2 to 3 times as wide as the plant’s canopy and usually penetrate 2-3 feet deep, depending upon the size of the plant. Shallow or compacted soils can cause shorter and wider root zones so make sure you saturate the complete root zone each time you water.
How Should I Water?
How Much Should I Water?
Be sure to completely fill the root zone every time you water. A good way to test how deeply you have watered is to stick a thin metal rod into the ground soon after you irrigate. The rod should easily slide through the wet soil.
How Long Should I Water?
The amount of time needed to sufficiently water your plants depends on three things: (1) type of watering method used (2) size of the root zone (3) type of soil. Monitor how quickly the water soaks into the ground, using the rod method. Repeat the watering steps appropriately with every watering.
How Often Should I Water?
The trick to watering is how often you water. Generally, Civano Nursery suggests watering established plants no more than three times per week in the summer and no more than every week in the winter. There is an establishment period of 1-2 years for all newly planted trees and shrubs. The watering of an un-established plant varies greatly but generally needs more frequent watering. A newly planted tree should be watered every day for two weeks. Make sure that the root ball gets well saturated. How often your plant needs water depends upon the weather, the type of plant, the maturity, the root depth, and soil type.
Signs of Under- and Over-Watering
Tips for Efficient Watering
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