Landscape Company’s Excessive Watering Instructions

Q: We recently had our yard landscaped with several shrubs, annual flowers, and Japanese maple. All these plants have a 3″ layer of mulch. The landscape company told me to water every day for two weeks, then every other day for another two weeks, and then two-three times a week for the next six months. This seems excessive. 

A: Good call: that much water will be fatal! That sort of watering advice might be fine for early summer but it is horrible for fall planting. After planting in fall, once the soil is soggy and mulched as you describe, it hardly needs watering until next spring. From now until then, check the soil every two weeks. Water only if the soil is dry.

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