Each type of plant has its own watering needs, and those can vary depending on the season. Most vegetation is extremely susceptible to overwatering, meaning that your hard-earned roses could quickly wilt if not properly cared for. Read on for a seasonal guide to watering your landscaping.
For the purposes of plant watering, there are only two seasons: winter and summer. Fall and spring do not typically require an altered watering regimen. Despite the Arizona heat, winters can still prove to be quite chilly, causing many plants to hibernate. This state of rest translates to decreased watering needs. Grass will need to be watered for 10-15 minutes 1-2 times per week during the winter. Shrubs will only require 1 hour of watering 2-4 times per month, while trees only need 1 and a half hours of watering 1-2 times per month. Winter watering should occur from October to April.
The heat of an Arizona summer can wreak havoc on your landscaping, so it’s essential to water your plants properly without overdoing it. You should adhere to a summer watering schedule from May to September. Grass will require 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a week, and shrubs will need 1 hour 2-4 times a week. Your trees will need 1 and a half hours of watering 1 – 2 times per week.
The above watering schedules are based on a lawn with Sandy Loam soil. If you have a soil made of clay, reduce the amount of watering by half and double the amount of time. For example, a summer shrub in clay soil would need 2 hours of watering 1-2 times per week. If you’re unsure of your lawn’s soil type, ask your landscaper.