Watering Can be Tricky in The Pacific Northwest
With the Britescape/SEI Garden Services merger, it has been great getting to know everyone and their garden. We trust that our attention to detail provides an essential service to you and your garden. We are excited about remaining integral in your landscape as we continue to develop our staff to provide high quality horticultural services for you and your plants.
Varying irrigation systems, differing soil structures and individual plant requirements can make irrigation timing a tricky art.
Heading into early summer with the heat of the past summer still lingering in our minds, we will be watching irrigation closely. Varying irrigation systems, differing soil structures and individual plant requirements can make irrigation timing a tricky art. There is a fine line between over-watering and watering too much. And, the signs of stress that plants show for each look very similar. Often, people will continue to overwater in response to this plant stress when the plant may be actually telling you to stop. Some things to look for are: standing water, eroding soils, and texture of the soil – Is it dust or mud? In either case, your watering pattern or irrigation system may need some adjustment. We make a point to keep a look out for signs of watering issues, but with highly variable weather patterns and the Pacific Northwest’s notorious microclimates, things can change quickly. In general, 7-10 minutes every three days is all that most mature shrubs and plants need Mature native ones may need no supplemental irrigation at all!. But remember, newly planted ones need more! The goal is to attain deep, healthy rooting as opposed to more frequent watering at less time that leads to shallow, brittle roots that are more susceptible to drying out, disease and winter damage. To prevent unnecessary use of one of our precious resources and help create sustainable landscapes, The King County and City of Seattle Water Partnership (https://www.savingwater.org/index.htm) offers rebates for updating irrigation systems.
There are some great products out now that can help take a lot of the guesswork out of irrigation. So take a look at the soil, let us know if you have any questions and we can help make the adjustments you need for an efficiently run watering system. Your garden will thank you!