WATERING GUIDE

SOIL TYPE RANGE
CLAY
(slow absorption, high holding capacity)
LOAM
(moderate absorption, medium holding capacity)
SANDY
(fast absorption, poor holding capacity)
PLANT CLIMATE
Established Lawns
Temperate
Water 1” slowly, 1/2” at a time, every 7 to 14 days
Water 1” at one time, every 5 to 10 days
Hot & Dry
Water 1” in 2 or 3 applications every 3 to 4 days
Water 1 “ in 1 or 2 applications every 2 to 3 days
Newly Seeded Lawns
Temperate or Hot
Water daily until run off
Water 2 or 3 times a day until run off
Shrubs & Trees
Temperate
Water 1”, 1/2” at a time every 7 to 14 days
Water 1 “ at a time every 7 to 10 days
Hot & Dry
Water 1” in 2 to 3 applications every 4 to 7 days
Water 1” in 2 to 3 applications every 3 to 5 days
Roses & Flowers
Temperate
Water 1/4” to 1/2” every 7 to 10 days
Water 1/4” to 1/2” every 3 to 7 days
Hot & Dry
Water 1/2” every 4 to 7 days
Water 1/2” every 2 to 3 days
NOTE: On roses and flowers try to water roots only if possible to avoid plant damage.
Vegetables & Small Fruits
Temperate
•Water young plants weekly to a depth of 3 to 4 inches
•Water mature plants once or twice weekly to a depth of 10 to 12 inches. The critical period is just prior to flowering and as the fruit sets.
•Reduce water to tomatoes and muskmelons as fruit matures to avoid splitting.
•Generally, vining crops need more water than root crops.
Hot & Dry
•Increase watering frequency at each stage.