How to reduce water stress on existing plants prior to pruning/treatments?
To reduce water stress, we recommend deep watering the plant a few days leading up to pruning/spraying.
How much do I need to water?
To ensure the whole profile of the potting mix is completely saturated, we recommend watering the pot using approximately as much water as the size of the pot. e.g. if you have a 10L pot, use 5-10L of water per watering session. Just be sure that you don't over apply the water or water to regularly for those plants that prefer a drier mix.
How do I tell if my soil is hydrophobic/repelling water?
Next time, after you have watered, dig a hole near the plant to a depth of about 20cm, if the soil is moist the entire depth, that's good
If the soil is still dry underneath, then the soil has become water repellent (hydrophobic).
How often should I water?
There are many variables that affect how often to water and how much water to use on your plant/s, such as: temperature, wind, humidity, rain, soil type and quality, plant water requirements, and situation.
- Plants in pots need to be watered more often than plants in the ground.
- Smaller pots need to watered more often than larger pots.
- Larger pots need a larger volume of water when watering than smaller pots.
- Sandy soils need to watered more often clay soils.
- Locations with high wind and high temperature need watering more frequently.
- Locations with low temperature, high humidity or rainfall need watering less often.
- Succulents and cacti prefer moderately dry soil.
- Ferns and palms prefer moist soil.
- Most other plants tend to prefer a moderately moist, well-drained soil.
The best way to determine if your plant needs watering, is to look at the soil.
If it is moist, then don't water. If it is starting to dry out, then give it a water.
For pots, to ensure the whole profile of the potting mix is completely saturated, we recommend watering the pot using approximately as much water as the size of the pot. e.g. if you have a 10L pot, use 5-10L of water per watering session.
It is always best to use larger volumes of water per watering session, than it is to use small volumes of water per watering session.
How can I tell if my lawn is taking in water?
To check, give the lawn a good drink, then dig down to see how far the water has penetrated into the soil and the roots. If it is not moving through the soil add a soil wetter such as Yates Waterwise Soil Saturator and water in deeply. Avoid applying any selective herbicides or heavy nitrogen fertilisers until you see a bounce back in the lawn again.