Garden Maintenance

At Dusil Design, we encourage you to keep your new garden maintained on a monthly basis.  Weed seeds can travel by air and are happy to germinate in a fresh garden, especially when it is being watered regularly.  Once a seed has landed in the fresh new and moist mulch, it will begin its life cycle within a matter of days if the weather is conducive.  It is important to keedandelion weedp up with the needs of the garden, be it watering, pruning, and weeding.  This will ensure that your investment will look fresh for years to come.  We encourage clients to call if they have any questions about their new garden.

Once a garden project has been installed, you will be given instructions on how to water your garden based on the weather and temperature.  Most gardens are equipped (from 2014 on) with a complimentary water meter.  This will take the guessing out of whether there is too much water or too little.  We ask that if you are not sure if the garden requires water or not, to default to the water-meter provided.  Or simply call and we can drop by to take a look.  OVER WATERING is just as detrimental as under watering, and the plant signs are very similar.  Let us know if you are interested in maintenance and we can have someone come by and quote it for you.

If you did not receive watering instructions, please refer to the below guidelines.

Watering 101
Watering Your New Garden – Dusil Design and Landscape Inc.

Without water, plants wilt and die. But too much water can be as bad for plants as not enough. If Land plants are submerged in water for too long, or even if their roots are submerged, they may rot or drown from lack of oxygen.

-Apply water in the cool of the morning or evening when the wind is calm and water loss through evaporation is minimal.
-Plants susceptible to fungal diseases and rot should be watered in the morning for quick-dry from the sun.
-More water is necessary for sandier soils (drains quickly), crowded plants (more to feed), or hotter weather (increased evaporation rate).
-Less watering is necessary for water retaining soils (holds water), widely spaced plants (less to feed), and cooler weather (decreased evaporation rate).
-Younger plants will require more frequent watering as their roots are mostly at the surface, more mature plants will have a larger root system capable of finding deeper water sources.
-Try placing a measuring cup in the garden (perhaps a few cups placed throughout for larger gardens) to gauge how much water the plants are getting. Measurement of an inch each watering is good (again consider the above factors of heat, soil composition etc.)
-Water more on top and alongside a hill. Water will penetrate less on the side of a hill, and will not remain at the surface on the top of the hill, especially if these are sun beaten areas.

Some easy rules:

Never hand water. People tend to see the water in the mulch and surface soil and assume that the water has penetrated the earth below, this can be misleading and you have likely not watered the plants sufficiently.

Use a fan sprinkler for best watering results on larger gardens because these water a square area. Then move the sprinkler to the next section. Generally, leave the fan sprinklers on for ½ hour each section.

Use a soaker hose for narrow gardens, i.e. along side a pool. Water with a soaker hose for an hour and move aside the mulch to ensure that the soil beneath is well watered to a depth of 12 inches.

Ideally, an underground irrigation system is the most efficient use of water because it has a timer and can water in the early morning times for a set amount of time. It is worth the investment.

Never leave a hose running in a garden or on top of newly planted shrub. The pressure from the water can wash away the soil around the roots and expose them to the hot elements. This will result in a quick death.

General watering instructions (based on minimal to no rain):

Less than 8 degrees Celsius
Water once every 2 weeks.

8 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius
Water one time per week if there has been no rain. Water with oscillating fan sprinkler for 30 minutes each section.

15 degrees C to 28 degrees C
Water every 5th day with sprinkler, each section as above.

28-32 degrees C
Water every 3rd day for 45 min each section as above.

32+ degrees C Water every other day for 45 minutes each section.
Watering is best after 7 pm or before 7am for optimal water usage.  Otherwise water evaporates too quickly and is inefficient.  To see if garden is moist enough, simply push aside the mulch layer, shovel aside the soil to see if soil is moist to 12 inches below the soil surface.  Otherwise just follow above instructions.

The above statements are guidelines. Plants are products of nature and therefore the forces of nature can impact their health dramatically. We can try to produce an environment to promote health and growth as best we can, but with certain conditions such as drought, or extremely high temperatures, there is little the owner or landscaper can do to ensure survival. With this in mind please know the following.

Conditions that will void any plant warranty with Dusil Design and Landscape Inc. (and my suppliers)

⦁ Plants die from lack of watering. Plants require water as explained above. If you plan to be away for any period of time, you MUST have someone looking after your plants!
⦁ Heat above 40 degrees Celsius: We don’t see this level of heat frequently, but it can literally kill some species of plants or burn foliage.
⦁ Drowning of plants: the overwatering of plants will also cause death.
⦁ High Winds / Lightening – damage or death of plants due to forces of nature such as tornadoes, high winds, lightning, flooding will not be covered under warranty.
⦁ Theft or acts of vandalism are not covered under warranty.
Alica Dusil, Dusil Design and Landscape Inc.


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