Giving your Tucson landscaping the right amount of water can be a challenging prospect. Our desert climate can lead homeowners to think that they need to give their plants extra water, leading to overwatering and other damage. Find out what you need to know about watering your landscaping in Tucson’s summer heat.
Water Your Plants in the Morning
It’s recommended that you water your desert landscaping early in the morning. Ideally, you should turn on your drip system sometime between 4 and 6 am. By watering your plants early in the day, you give them the chance to absorb the moisture they need before the hot Arizona sun causes evaporation on the surface of the spoil. In addition, watering your plants in the evenings can lead to the growth of mold and fungus.
Know How Often to Water
Knowing how often to water is just as important as knowing when to water. Tropical plants should be watered five times a week during Arizona summers, while sub-tropical plants should be watered 3- 4 times per week. Desert plants only need water twice a week, or about every three to four days. Overwatering can damage your plants, so be sure to only water as often as is necessary.
Check the Depth
Water should be reaching down into the soil to feed the roots of your plants. When you are watering, be sure that the water is penetrating below the soil. For small shrubs or ground cover, the water should be getting at least a foot down into the ground, while larger plants need 18 inches of depth. Trees will need water to go at least two to three feet below the ground for it to reach their roots.
Keep your lawn green and verdant during Arizona summers with our professional landscaping services at Complete Landscaping in Tucson, AZ. For more information on our outdoor services or to request a free estimate for your project, call (520) 323-8918.