Get out the hose | Gardner Joe

Alright, spring is here and Summer just around the corner. It is time to make sure your plants get adequate moisture.

For potted plants the soil makes all the difference. The size of the pot and the location will determine how much to water.

I like to use good organic potting soil made just for pots. It has all the right nutrients and texture.

Have you refreshed your pot lately? Or maybe ad a pot to your patio or walkway.

Just like planting in the garden, get to know how much sun exposure or shade it gets. And most important make sure the pot has drain holes.

When adding potting soil keep the drain holes open.

I like to add drain rocks, packing peanuts, even crushed up packs from plants. Maybe a piece of screen or mesh on top of that and add the soil.

Plants grown in pots are way different than those in the ground. Over or under watering can kill them.

Watch the leaves and poke your finger in the soil will help you determine when to water.  What fun is it to add color to your yard!

Now some tips for your lawn with watering. Begin raising your mower height. I like to use a mulching mower and recycle the clippings on the lawn.

Always make sure your blades are sharp. An inch of water a week is the rule of thumb. By mowing a little higher the roots will go a little deeper in the soil. It is time to add some organic fertilizer as well.

For people who have irrigation systems, add a rain gauge. I was driving from one job to another when it was raining and there was this commercial property in town with the irrigation system running while it was raining.

We all can conserve water when we need it the most in the summer months. The rain gauge will tell the system to not run while it’s raining.

Or it could be a matter of just turning the zones off to the outdoor plantings including lawns when it’s raining out... Get to know your system.

In conclusion, observe your plants. Lawns need an inch or so a week and that goes for lawns that are growing in great conditions.

To determine an inch, put some tuna cans on the lawn water and see how much time an inch is and set your clock to that time. Watering too much or too long is never a good thing. I will go over more about your lawn in my future blogs.

Lawn tip of the week.  Aerate your lawn! Get the air in the root zone will help the micro biology break down food and return nutrients to your lawn.

Happy Gardening,

– Gardener Joe


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