29 Nov

The right way to water plants

The right way to water plants

The best time of day to water plants depends on the type, but most prefer to be watered in the morning. This gives them time to absorb the water before the sun gets too hot, and it also helps prevent diseases. However, some plants (such as succulents) do better if they’re watered in the evening, so it’s always best to check your plant’s individual needs before you start watering.

Different methods to water plants

There are four different methods of watering plants: surface watering, drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation, and hand watering. 

  • Surface watering is the most common method of watering plants, and this involves simply filling a container with water and pouring it over the soil until the water runs off. The main disadvantage of surface watering is that it can be difficult to control how much water each plant gets.
  • Drip irrigation involves slowly dripping water onto the soil near the plant’s roots. This method reduces evaporation and ensures that each plant gets the same water.
  • Sprinkler irrigation is another efficient method of watering plants. It involves using a hose or sprinkler to distribute water evenly over an area. This method also reduces evaporation and ensures that each plant gets the same water.
  • Hand watering is the most labor-intensive way to water plants, but it can be necessary for some situations. This involves using a hose or watering can to pour water slowly onto the soil near the plant’s roots. Hand watering is often used for delicate plants that cannot tolerate too much water at once.

Pros and cons of each method

Many gardeners are still determining the best way to water their plants. There are several different methods, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

Drip irrigation prevents water from being wasted on leaves and stems, which can happen with other methods. Drip irrigation also doesn’t require as much water pressure as other methods so it can be used in areas with lower water pressure. One downside of drip irrigation is that it can be more expensive than other methods and time-consuming to set up.

Sprinklers are a common watering method because they are inexpensive and easy to use. They can water large areas quickly, but they can also save a lot of water if used properly. Water droplets from sprinklers can fall on leaves and stems, leading to fungal diseases. And if the wind blows, sprinklers can disperse water outside the intended area.

Hand-watering is the most labor-intensive method of watering, but it also gives gardeners the most control over how much water their plants receive. When hand-watering, be sure to apply water directly to the roots of the plant; avoid getting leaves and stems wet if possible. Hand-watering is best for small gardens or individual plants.

The best way to water your plants depends on your particular garden and needs. Consider each method’s pros and cons before making a decision.

How often should you water your plants?

Water is among the many and most important things a gardener can give their plants, but the time to water can be tricky to figure out. When determining how often to water your plants, there are a few things to consider.

  • Different plants have different watering needs. For example, succulents and cacti need very little water, while other plants, like ferns, need more frequent watering.
  • The second thing to consider is the climate you live in. 
  • Finally, it would be best if you thought about the time of year. During the hot and sunny time, your plants will need more water than they do during the cooler months of spring and fall.

Now that you know these things, you can start to figure out how often to water your plants. A good rule of thumb is to water most plants once a week, giving them enough water so that their soil is moist but not soggy. If unsure, it is always better to err on too little water rather than too much – too much water can drown your plants!

What type of water is best for plants?

Tap water is the most common type of water used for watering plants, and it is generally safe for most plants but contains chemicals that can harm some plants. 

  • Rainwater: This is the best type of water for plants, as it is natural and free of chemicals.
  • Distilled water: This water has been purified and is free of all impurities, making it safe for all plants. However, because it does not contain any minerals, it can harm some plants if used too often.

If you are unsure what type of water to use on your plants, always err on the side of caution and give them a good soaking with rainwater or distilled water.

Tips for watering your plants properly

1. Make sure you know how much water your plants need. Overwatering can be just as harmful as not watering enough.

2. Check the soil before watering. 

3. Water at the base of the plant rather than from above. This will help prevent water from getting on the leaves, which can promote fungal growth.

4. Water in the morning or evening, evaporation is less likely to occur.

5. Be mindful of drought conditions and adjust your watering accordingly. Plants may need less water during periods of low rainfall.

Conclusion

Watering plants properly is vital for your landscape. Following the tips in this article, you can ensure that your plants stay healthy and vibrant all season long. Do you have any other suggestions for watering plants? Let us know in the comments below!

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Of course, it will be more cost-effective to tend to your lawn yourself. However, if you have a large yard, little spare time, or just don’t have a green thumb, you might want to hire a local lawn care professional to tend to your yard. You can always call us; we have a great experience with all types of yards and a stellar reputation. We know that competence, reliability, professionalism and care for our customers are our top priorities. And we must never, under any circumstances, forget this.

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10 Feb

Essential Tips for Florida Lawns and Gardens in February

Essential Tips

Essential Tips

Just because the temperature is still a little low doesn’t mean you can’t give your lawn and garden some Valentine’s love in February! Are you looking to get an early start before the arrival of the next growing season? Here are some of our essential February lawn and garden tips that all Florida home and business owners will appreciate.

Lawn Tips

  • Watering

It’s important to give your lawn a uniform ¾ inch of water every 10 to 14 days. For the best results, you should always water in the early morning hours before 8:00 a.m while keeping in mind any local watering regulations (e.g. designated watering days). Read More

15 Jan

How to Create Your Own Tropical Paradise Right in Your Backyard

How to Create Your Own Tropical Paradise

How to Create Your Own Tropical Paradise

When people think of Florida yards, most think of lush green foliage, swaying palm trees, beautiful ocean views, natural elements, and well-placed ambient lighting. Create this quintessential scene in your own backyard with these tips and enjoy the tropics every time you go outside:

Show Off Your Green Thumb

Plants are the cornerstone of any beautiful outdoor space. Florida provides the perfect climate to grow so many gorgeous, colorful plants and flowers. Choose green plants of different heights, shades, and textures to add depth and interest to your yard! We are certainly fans of palm trees since no other plant gives you quite the same tropical feel. Some other popular green plants for your Florida yard include: Read More

15 Dec

Common Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

Common Landscaping Mistakes

Common Landscaping Mistakes

If you’re the type of person that loves their lawn, you’ve surely spent the time and dedication it requires to learn how to care for it properly. You know that each type of grass has its own unique requirements and ideal conditions that must be respected. By doing so, you enjoy a perfectly manicured, beautifully uniform lawn that makes all of your neighbors green with envy.

So, there’s no way you would ever commit any of these common landscaping mistakes that plague those new to lawn care and landscaping:  Read More

15 Nov

The Best Mulch Alternatives

Mulch Alternatives

Mulch Alternatives

The benefits of mulching your flower beds, trees, and other decorative plants is undeniable! Mulch retains moisture in the underlying soil, insulates roots from freezing temperatures, prevents erosion, suppresses weed growth, and provides nutrients to plants as it breaks down over time. Mulch is a go-to for any organic landscaping project, and it’s for good reason!

However, buying commercially produced mulch can be expensive. If you’re an eco-warrior and want to bring sustainability to your yard, consider some of these great mulch alternatives: Read More

15 Aug

5 Plants That Flower All Winter Long in Florida

Flower

5 Plants That Flower All Winter Long in Florida

There are so many beautiful plants that bloom all year long here in sunny Florida, it’s hard to choose just five to feature here (in fact, it was so hard, we threw in a bonus plant just because). We’ve searched through dozens of options to curate the following list, giving you winter flower options that will add color and interest to your landscaping all year. Check out these photos from our past jobs to see how we put these recommendations to work for Tampa Bay homes and businesses.

Gerbera Daisy

While most of the country plants gerbera daisies as annuals, Florida gardens are lucky enough to have this beauty in bloom all year long. Gerberas come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and white. Their large blooms are eye-catching and make great cut flowers in arrangements too! Plant gerberas in fertile, well-draining soil with lots of morning sun and some afternoon shade for the best bloom. Read More

15 Jul

2021 Landscaping Design Trends

Landscaping Design Trends

Landscaping Design Trends

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about how we interact in our outdoor spaces. Back yards became havens where friends and family congregate with great food, even better conversation, and lots of love. Flower beds turned into makeshift veggie gardens. People began appreciating the benefits of native plants. This return to simplicity has continued in landscaping design in 2021, showing how our values and preferences have been drastically altered by spending more time at home. We expect to see the following landscaping design trends prevail in 2021 and beyond: Read More

15 Apr

What is Mulch and Should I Use it?

What is Mulch

What is Mulch

What is Mulch? Generally speaking, mulch is any kind of covering placed either around or in lieu of plants with the purpose of:

  • preventing weeds
  • retaining soil moisture
  • regulating soil temperature
  • controlling erosion
  • amending the soil (for some organic mulches only)
  • Preventing the soil-based disease from infecting plants
  • drawing in beneficial organisms
  • keeping fruits and veggies grown for an appearance off the ground, thus preventing blemishes

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15 Oct

The Fall Landscaping Maintenance Your Tropical Plants Need

The Fall Landscaping Maintenance Your Tropical Plants Need

Even though it is approaching late fall, tropical plants will survive the cooler Florida temperatures. Even in its coldest months Florida’s weather rarely becomes a problem for well-established tropical plants. While you don’t want to plant tropical trees and shrubs during this time of year, it is a good time to do some basic maintenance to prepare for a new thriving season.

Fall Landscaping

Pruning only as absolutely necessary

You should not be pruning your tropical trees or shrubs in the fall and winter months. The best time to prune is late winter to early spring in preparation for the growing season. Pruning too early in the season can easily kill a tree of any kind, and tropical trees are no different. Of course, if a part of the tree becomes diseased or faces other hazard pruning may become necessary. If required, it should be done by a professional.

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15 Mar

The Best Shrubs to Plant in Late Spring

Best Shrubs to Plant

Palms and tropical shrubs are natural to Florida climates, and as such they usually thrive as long as they are planted during the right time of year. With the coronavirus outbreak, many people have been denied their ability to hire landscaping services for the spring. That doesn’t mean you have to put off your landscape changes until next year. 

Best Shrubs

There are a lot of palms and shrubs that are great to plant in the late spring or early summer. When the stay-at-home orders are expired and life begins to return to normal, you can go ahead with at least some of your landscaping plans. While your flower beds may be fairly empty until next spring, your sod can be laid and your palms and tropical shrubs can be installed.

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