Friday, September 18, 2009

Time to Water!

Hello again,

Folks it is time to water in Skillin's Country.

We have seen much sun and and great late fall breezes that have left the ground surface pretty dry. As Tim our nursery manager puts it: "We have not forgotten all the rain of this past summer but our plants have!"

We must get back into the mode where any such 2009 planted material should get two to three quality waterings per week. In these cases if you don't have an irrigation system, get your garden hoses out and set the hose on slow water next to your plants. Let the water run into the ground slowly for at least several minutes per perennial, potentially up to half an hour for each shrub and up to one hour per tree. Let that water soak into the ground so the healthy white roots of your plant have moist ground to grow down into.

Smaller annuals both in ground and in containers and vegetables that are still producing should get good soakings in a similar fashion. Or if you are standing and watering hold the slow running hose off to the side of the plant and let that water soak in. When you get to run off stage, pull the hose to the next plant but keep in mind to come back to the plant you just left a second or third time.

Good quality waterings take time but your plants will thank you!Post any questions or comments right here at this blog post or shoot us a question at or 1-800-244-3860.

Mike Skillin
Skillin's Greenhouses
September 18, 2009

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