Gardening Tips by Neil Sperry: Choosing Groundcovers For Shade

Hi, I’m Neil Sperry, back in your neighborhood, Calloway’s Nursery. There are 19 of them in the metroplex and a couple in Houston under the name of Cornelius, wonderful places to shop. I love coming here.
Hi, I’m Neil Sperry, back in your neighborhood, Calloway’s Nursery. There are 19 of them in the metroplex and a couple in Houston under the name of Cornelius, wonderful places to shop. I love coming here.

Problems Growing Grass Under Trees

Let me suggest something to you. If you have tried and tried and tried again to get grass to grow beneath your shade trees, maybe, just maybe, you have too much shade. It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. Let me suggest to you, shade-tolerant, shade-loving groundcovers.

How do you know when it’s time? Well, if you don’t have three or four hours of sunlight in South Texas, and four or five hours of sunlight in North Texas, you’re not going to get St. Augustine to grow. If you have put St. Augustine sod down and you watch it just disappear on you, you find that you have nothing but bare ground three or four months later, it’s time to take that out and replace it.

Work the soil up, work in organic matter, and choose shade-tolerant groundcovers.

Shade-Tolerant Groundcovers

Your sales reps at Calloway’s Nursery, talk to one of the Texas-certified nursery professionals. Let them show you some of the best. Work the soil down three or four inches. You can avoid those major roots of the trees, and then put the shade-tolerant groundcovers.

I’ve used that term three or four times. Which ones am I talking about? My favorite is mondo grass, regular mondo grass. It’s a plant with four names: monkey grass, Ophiopogon. It’s also called lilyturf by a few people. This is the one that gets about five or six inches tall. And the reason I like it so much and have used it throughout my landscape is that it does not have runners. You can blow the leaves out of it in autumn. It’s a lot easier to keep clean. I do not use dwarf mondo grass in great areas, large areas because it is just too slow-growing, but it’s very pretty in small areas.

Liriope, L-I-R-I-O-P-E, a lovely groundcover, it’s a little taller. It does bloom in the summer, but it is a little tall as a ground cover, and so I use it more in smaller areas for drama. English ivy is very good. You can also use Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus. They used every letter in the alphabet on that one. That’s a wonderful groundcover. It gets about 6 or 8 inches tall. It’s great in the sun. It’s great in the shade. It does have runners, but it’s really good. Even Asian Jasmine will do very well in the shade.

So, those are some of the best. I use ferns. I use a lot of wood ferns. Of course, they die to the ground in the winter, but they’re very pretty. If you combine those groundcovers with shrubs that tolerate the shade quite well, and we’ll talk about those another time, then you can have a beautiful landscape even in a shady area. It’s not a problem. It’s an opportunity for something different.

I’m Neil Sperry, proud to be sponsored by Calloway’s on both of my radio programs, on KLIF on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00, and on WBAP on Sunday mornings from 8:00 until 10:00. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

 

DIY Craft Ideas: How to Make Bunny Themed Planters

To celebrate, not only the holiday, but the season of spring, we created a darling planter that every-bunny will love! Create yours for the indoors or out and have some fun! This simple DIY project is great to do with the kids, grandkids, for a gift idea, or for your upcoming Easter celebration!

DIY Craft Ideas: How to Make Bunny Themed Planters

 STEP 1: GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

For this project, you will need the following supplies:

  1. 8 inch terra cotta pots
  2. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  3. Plants from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  4. Bunny Ears
  5. Large white pom-pom for tail
  6. White spray paint
  7. Rose gold metallic paint
  8. Hot glue

You can certainly make this project your own and paint your pottery as you wish. The possibilities are endless!

STEP 2: PAINT

DIY

Paint your terra cotta pot. We covered ours in a few coats of white spray paint, and then we painted the top with rose gold metallic paint to add an extra touch of style and dimension.

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Let the rose gold paint dry before adding an additional coat to make the color nice and bold.

STEP 3: PLANT

potting soil

Add fantastic plant selections. We kept to a green, foliage-based color scheme and design. The green really compliments the whites and pinks of our decoration and paint choices.

When selecting our plants, we planned ahead as far as when and where we would display our planter. Perfect for Easter, we wanted a great option for the outdoors. Everyone will be able to enjoy the added touch during their hunt for Easter eggs! For our planter, we selected Sweet Potato Vines. They are full of attractive heart-shaped leaves that remain lime green in color throughout the season.

You can use indoor plants and foliage, like small ferns, large succulents, or you can incorporate white blooms, and mix it up with the traditional “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” technique.

Be sure to water your plants in, as necessary per your plant selections, before adding the decorations.

STEP 4: DECORATE

crafting with plants

Once all is planted, add your bunny decorations! Place the bunny ears with the pink side facing away from the “back” of the planter, where the tail will be.

Glue on the fluffy tail and step back to admire your design! Make multiple and line them side-by-side, with the bunny tail as the front, for an extra cute display.

Now, hop on over to our store nearest you for your pottery, premium soils, and quality plants! While you are there, check out all our outdoor décor for more ideas and inspiration to decorate your home!

Have a wonderful holiday and an super spring! Remember, our stores will be open from 1:00pm-6:00 pm on Sunday, April 21st to allow our staff time to spend with their loved ones.

 

 

 

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Gardening Tips with Neil Sperry: Choosing a Shade Tree

Hi, I’m Neil Sperry. I’m at your neighborhood Calloway’s, mine as well. I suggest you get there. It’s a lot of fun.

Choosing a Shade Tree

We’re going to talk today about choosing a shade tree, what goes into making the right decision. A lot of people ask me, “What’s the best fast-growing shade tree?” And what you may not think about is the fact that those terms are mutually self-exclusive. Fast growth usually translates to a bad tree. Let your Calloway’s sales rep help you choose the best tree. Let’s make a list of things you want in a shade tree.

Do you want a tree that’s attractive? Do you want a tree that is pest-resistant? Do you want a tree that is adapted to the soil that you have and that is beautiful all through the year? Are those things that matter? I think they do. Let’s put that on the list, all of those, and then let’s put in fast growth. You said that. Where does that fall in that list? I think it slides to the bottom.
Let’s choose a great tree. Let’s find a good-quality tree when you go shopping. Make your decision. Let your Calloway’s sales rep help you choose the tree that’s right for the place that you have.

Taking Your Shade Tree Home and Caring for It

And then, when you get that tree, take it home carefully. They’ll help you load it. Take it home. Get it planted right away. Water it by hand the first year that you have it. Don’t count on sprinkler irrigation to water it. It won’t be enough. Take a hose, take a water breaker. You do it yourself about every three or four days during that first growing season.

The Best Tree Types Offering Shade

Some of the best trees that we have for North Central Texas, where Calloway’s stores are located, there are four oaks that are outstanding: Live Oak, Shumard Red Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Bur Oak. Those are all native in or around our area, and they’re fabulous shade trees. They’re all large shade trees, and so are Pecans, Cedar Elms, and also Chinese Pistachios. The Chinese Pistachios are the one group of trees that are not native to our area. I’m really fond of Eastern Red Cedars. They’re native and they make a great big screening tree, but you have to have a lot of room for those. Southern Magnolias are fabulous, but they are decidedly slower-growing than the others that I’ve mentioned. So, those nine trees make up some of the best shade trees for North Texas.

You can also get Little Gem Southern Magnolia and Teddy Bear Magnolias for smaller trees. Mexican Plums are good. Golden Rain Trees are good. Lots of great trees. Let the folks at Calloway’s help you. I am very proud to have Calloway’s sponsoring both of my radio programs, KLIF on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 until 3:00, and WBAP, Sunday mornings from 8:00 until 10:00.

Again, I’m Neil Sperry. It’s been fun being with you. Thanks for watching.

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in April

It’s April and the warm breeze of spring is a welcomed reminder. Hopefully, you can get outside and take in the season! As we all know, spring is the ideal time for planting, especially your vegetables! Today, we wanted to tell you about some vegetable selections that are perfect to plant in April.

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in April

 STEP 1: UNDERSTAND YOUR PLANTING AREA

First, and most importantly, where are you planting your vegetables?

There are a few key factors to keep in mind:

  1. How much sunlight does the area receive?
  2. Is there access to water or a watering device?
  3. Are you planting a container garden or in your flowerbeds?

Once you have a good grasp on these factors, this will help you determine what you want to plant, will in fact grow successfully.

There are 3 important things to do to your new plants before planting.

  1. Prep your soil with organic compost.
  2. Spacing is crucial. Make sure your plants have room to grow.

STEP 2: WHAT TO PLANT NOW

There are so many great options that we have in store right now. Let’s talk about a few of our favorites to plant this month!

TOMATOES

BHN 444 Tomato

vegetables

BHN 444 Tomato is a large and in charge tomato that is not only disease-resistant, but also, very tasty! The 444 tomato originated from Peru and takes about 75 days to mature. It is known as a determinate tomato which means it is known as a “bush” tomato that grows to a compact height and the fruit generally matures all at once.

Indeterminate tomatoes are more of a vining plant that needs a cage or stake to support it. Also, the fruits mature throughout the season instead of all at once.

Patio Tomato

patio tomatoe

Patio tomatoes are perfect for patios or small space gardening. They take about 70 days to mature and are determinate in nature. This “cage free” tomato can grow fruitfully without the extra needed support and will produce delicious and juicy, medium-sized fruits!

Roma Plum Tomato

tomatoes

Roma Plum Tomatoes are classic and tasty. They take 75-80 days to mature and produce large, egg shaped fruit. This plant can grow to 48-60 inches in height and is disease resistant! Did you know that Roma Tomatoes are a great choice for canning and producing tomato paste? This is due to their firm nature.

PEPPERS

Super Supreme Banana Pepper

vegetable garden

The Super Supreme Banana Pepper produces a high yield of large fruit and takes about 70 days to mature. Resembling a banana by the shape and color, the sweet and mild taste of a banana pepper compliments any type of culinary dish. After picking, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Anaheim Pepper

peppers

Anaheim Peppers are a disease resistant fruit that takes about 75-80 days to mature. Originally from New Mexico, this pepper flourished when it was brought to the city it was named after, Anaheim, California. Perfect for grilling, chili relleno, stews, soups, and salsa!

Tabasco Pepper

gardening tips

Not to be confused with the brand, these peppers were named after the Mexican state of Tabasco. This vining or indeterminate fruit takes about 80-85 days to mature and bears a large yield of small, spicy fruit. As the fruit develops, the peppers change color from green to orange and then red. Did you know, a jalapeno pepper is about 12 times hotter than a tabasco pepper?

EGGPLANT

Classic Eggplant

veggies

The classic eggplant takes 50-70 days to mature, and grows large, purple fruit about 6-8 inches in length. Eggplants are not only delicious to harvest, but they also work as an ornamental plant. This variety is vigorous and highly productive.

Ichiban Eggplant

plants

Ichiban eggplants are a Japanese eggplant. They take 50-60 days to mature with a high crop yield of purple fruit, each ranging in size from 8-10 inches long. This eggplant has a thin and delicate skin with a sweeter taste. Practically seedless, the Ichiban eggplant is also low in calories, saturated fat, and even sodium. It’s a high source of dietary fiber and packed with vitamin c, folate, potassium, and more!

Check out our video to learn more about your April veggies and stop by our store nearest you to pick up your vegetable plants, soils, food and more. You too can enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Container Gardening 101

Creating your own container garden is a great way to add color to your landscape, or even your porch or patio. The great thing about container gardening is that you do not need a yard. No matter where you live, you can create a beautiful garden. Container gardens can be updated as frequently as you wish. You can even create fabulous seasonal designs well into the winter for the holidays. Before you get started, we would like to share a few key factors to keep in mind for your container garden’s success.

Container Gardening 101

STEP 1: Supplies

Gather your supplies. This will vary depending on your creation, but here are the basic items you will need:

  1. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  2. Fresh plants and seasonal color
  3. Calloway’s pottery
  4. Calloway’s Premium Plant Foods

STEP 2: Soil and Pottery

The soil you use is very important to the health and success of your container garden. First, never use soil from the ground, it does not contain the nutrients and moisture-retaining properties of a proper potting soil.

Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil is formulated specifically for your containers. With moisture retaining capsules and minerals, Calloway’s Potting Soil provides the ideal balance of air and water to foster healthy root growth for thriving plants. It is ideal for all potted plants and container gardens.

Your selection of Calloway’s or Cornelius Pottery, or whatever container you are using, must have a drain hole. If there is too much moisture, it will create rot in the roots and that can be easily avoided with the proper draining system.

To get started, place a piece of bark or stones at the bottom of your container to help the soil from leaking out, making sure water can still flow through. Then, fill your container with potting soil.

pottery

STEP 3: Adding Your Plants

Before you select your plants, it is a good idea to figure out where the container will be in your yard, on your patio, etc. This will help you figure out how much sunlight during the day that area receives.

When you are deciding on plants, be sure they all have similar sun and water requirements.

Then, choose your options based on the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” design method. Choose your “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” plants to create an exciting creation with dimension and color.

First, add your Thriller plant. Create a hole that is the size of the plant’s root ball.

geraniums

The Thriller plant will be a large, dramatic, and taller option, like geraniums. It is the bold and upright focal plant in your container. They can either be flowering or foliage plants, or even ornamental grasses. Depending on where your container will be displayed, you can either plant your Thriller in the center, if your container will be viewed from all sides, or in the back of the container.

planting in pottery

Then, add your Filler plant, following the same process. We used Pentas.

pentas

The Filler plants are medium-sized plants that tend to be a more rounded plant to make the container look full. Place your Filler around the Thriller or in front of the Thriller plant.

flowers

Finally, add your Spiller plant by making a hole in the soil the size of root ball.

container gardening

The Spiller plants are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the container. They should be planted close to the edge of the container, in front of, or surrounding the Filler plant. Plants like, Ivies, Bacopa, and Sweet Potato Vines, make beautiful Spiller plants.

color gardens

STEP 3: Feed and Finish

Once the plants are settled, add in your Calloway’s Premium Plant Food as directed. This will help with the health of your plant for brighter, bolder blooms.

plants

Next, water in your plants thoroughly, letting the water drain. Add more soil if needed, leaving about 1-2 inches from the lip of the container.

color gardening

Finally, sit back and admire your creation. Be sure to place it where it needs to be to receive the correct sunlight and follow the watering instructions based on the plants and their plant tags.

spring gardening

Stop by our store nearest you to pick up everything you need for your container gardens. Also, be sure to check out our FREE Garden Series events every Saturday from 10:15-11:00 am.

3 Tips for Adding Color to your Garden

Plant with purpose this spring when you add colorful blooms and gorgeous plants to your landscape! Adding color to your landscape not only updates the look, but will benefit you and your garden in many ways!

Tammy Dombeck from Greets, Eats & All That stopped by our store to talk about 3 ways to add color to your garden with our Director of Marketing, Kimberley Gotcher!

 

3 Tips for Adding Color to your Garden

Pick Plants for Pollinators

attracting pollinators

Adding plants that attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will not only bring beautiful creatures to your yard, but they will also help greatly impact the ecosystem in your garden.

Picking plants like pentas, salvia, daisies, and marigolds are fantastic selections to attract your beneficial pollinators. They have vibrant blooms that will enhance any container or flowerbed with the beauty of the season.

Color of the Year

begonias

Pantone deemed “Living Coral” as the 2019 color of the year. Why not get on trend in your landscape by planting shades of bright, coral colors? As the perfect contrast to the green of nature, this color will make your garden pop!

Choose plants like geraniums, impatiens, begonias, and more that are available in shades of this fantastic spring color!

Moon Gardens

geraniums

Gardening for the night? Yes, it’s true! When you create your own moon garden, you can enjoy your beautiful blooms in a new light with their glowing and bright color.

Get plants that have bold white blooms to really make a night-time impact. Plants like geraniums, African daisies, and alyssum will really shine in the moonlight. They work great in containers and flowerbeds so the choices are limitless!

 

There are so many ways to add color to your garden and so many benefits. Have fun this spring and bring your yard back to life with gorgeous blooms! Stop by our store nearest you for all your gardening needs! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are always available to help answer any gardening questions you may have.

Also, want to take your garden to the next level? Check out our FREE Garden Series events at our store nearest you! Learn from the experts on how to grow shade loving plants, this week from 10:15am – 11:00am, plus save 10% on your purchase for attending!

Thank you Tammy for joining us!

 

 

 

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Tips for Decorating Your Yard

Decorating your landscape for the season is always fun, especially with fresh color and plants. Give your home that extra touch of style and charm with our selection of garden décor! Check out our tips of some great options that are in stores now!

Tips for Decorating Your Yard

WIND CHIMES

garden decor

Add elegance and the soothing sounds of our wind chimes from Corinthian Bells® and more! Available in many different sizes, styles, and colors, you are sure to find the perfect one for you.

Corinthian Bells® are not your ordinary wind chimes. They are the first generation of wind chimes to combine excellence in design with incredible tones and resonance. These are visually and acoustically exceptional chimes, with a classic look and a sound that is heavenly. The centrally suspended aluminum tubes, along with the high density striker, give these chimes their outstanding tone.

We even have fantastic varieties that have solar power capabilities with accents of beautiful stones and glamorous blown glass.

wind chimes

You will fall in love with the perfect melodies and stunning designs!

 

GARDEN FLAGS

curb appeal

Decorative garden flags are a simple and durable idea for decorating your yard. Our selections from Evergreen® feature bright colors, adorable graphics, and tons of personality.

garden flags

Their designs work well mixed up together, but they also have matching designs throughout their collections. Give your trees that pop of color or add a touch of cuteness to your atrium’s or flowerbeds with the smaller styles of flags.

garden flags

Bring the look of spring home with decorative garden flags from Evergreen® and enhance the charm of your home and garden.

 

CERAMIC ANIMALS

bunny decor

Are you a lover of animals? Come check out the sweet nature of our love-able ceramic animals from Border Concepts, Inc. From birds to bunnies, dogs to cats, creating a playful area in your garden with darling décor is fun for everyone!

cermaic animals

Your kids or grandkids will love to play pretend with their new ceramic friends in the wildness of your yard. Create a theme or change up your animal selections seasonally. Have fun because that’s what they are all about!

 

WELCOME MATS

welcome mat

Your welcome mat greets your friends and family when they arrive at your home with its friendly and welcoming message, design, and colors.

This season, check out our fabulous collection of inter-changeable designs in the Sassafras® Switchmat™ collection by Evergreen®!

decor

First, the mildew-resistant base is made to allow water to drain, keeping your mat fresh and protected. The rubber base is designed to stay in securely in place. The selection of inserts are easily changeable and fabulously cute.

METAL ART

metal decor

Metal art never goes out of season! In fact, enjoy it all year long if you would like! Our playful pieces will dazzle any landscape.

dragonfly

From happy sunflowers to colorful dragonflies, your flowerbeds and containers will shine with these dancing designs. Check out all our varieties of friendly creatures to adorn your garden.

garden decor

 

RAIN GAUGES

rain gauge

For better gardening success, it is always good to know how much rain your landscape gets from each spring and summer storm. This can help you determine how much additional watering you need to be doing and if your plant’s roots are, in fact, getting enough moisture.

rain gauge

We have lots of fantastic options from Regal Art & Gift and more, that will help provide you information while also adding a dash of style and design! With solar power options along with simpler designs, find the rain gauge that speaks to your personality and the look of your landscape!

 

STONE ART

stone art

Want to add decorative pieces that bring pride to your home? Check out our stone art to accent your flowerbeds. From sports teams to Texas pride, you are sure to find a design that speaks to you. They are the perfect way to add a touch of you to your landscape.

 

WIND SPINNERS

garden decor

For your final decorating tip, don’t forget about our gorgeous collection of wind spinners! Our selection of well-crafted designs by Evergreen® come enriched with vibrant colors and exciting shapes.

Enhance the look of your landscape with these lovely pieces art and be entranced by the beautiful and soothing movements they bring.

wind spinner

Decorating your landscape is easy with our selection of quality garden décor! Stop by our store nearest you and pick up your favorite pieces to enjoy throughout the seasons.

Roasted Zucchini & Squash with Herbs & Feta Recipe

Always on the hunt for tasty side dish recipes? Keep dinner exciting and delicious with fresh veggies and herbs! Try this Roasted Zucchini & Squash with Herbs & Feta Recipe for your next family dinner.

How-To Make Roasted Zucchini & Squash with Herbs & Feta

Get the FULL RECIPE HERE!

STEP 1:

After you pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees, clean and cut your squash and zucchini into ½ inch circles. Then, zest your lemon and prepare the juice.

Add these ingredients to your baking dish. Add olive oil and salt before tossing all the ingredients together.

dish ideas

Bake for 20 minutes.

STEP 2:

While your dish is baking, prepare your herbs. Chop your fresh dill and chives and set aside.

side dish

STEP 3:

feta

Remove the zucchini dish from the oven and add the remainder of the ingredients.

Sprinkle the fresh herbs and feta cheese over the zucchini and squash. Place the dish back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes to allow the cheese to soften.

fresh herbs

STEP 4:

Enjoy! Pair with your favorite protein and dig into the creamy and fresh flavors of this simply tasty side dish recipe!

herb recipes

 

 

 

ref: 5dollardinners.com

How-To Make House Number Planters

Adding your house number or address to your mail box or nailing the numbers to a wall on your porch is always a great idea. It helps friends, family, deliveries, and even emergency crews find your home easily. This spring, make your home even more inviting and enhance your curb appeal with darling planters personalized for you, by you!

How-To Make House Number Planters

STEP 1: Supplies

You will need the following items to complete this project:

STEP 2: Paint

To get started, check your pots. Remove any price tags before you begin painting. You can really get creative with this project with your paint color, technique, or style.

pottery

For our creations, we taped and covered the top portion of our pottery.

paint projects

Then, we added spray paint in metallic gold to the exposed bottom half of the pottery.

painting pottery

STEP 3: Personalize

Once your paint has dried, it will be time to personalize your pottery! Grab your number stencils, a paint brush or sponge, and your paint.

Tape and secure the stencil to your pottery.

stencil

Then, carefully create your numbers. Be sure to layer the paint as opposed to using too much at one time, or else it can drip, or impact the crispness of the edges for your numbers.

 

personlize your pottery

Allow the paint to dry before removing the stencils.

STEP 4: Plant

Add your potting soil to each pot until it is a little more than half way full. This will give you room to add in your plants. Then, mix in your Calloway’s Professional Plant Food.

Next, add your flowers or plants. You can mix up your spring color, keep it cool with lots of greenery, or mix and match! The key components to keep in mind when selecting your plants are the water and sun requirements per plant. Choose selections that match each other and fit the location where you will be putting your planters. This will help ensure your gardening success and keep your plants healthy and happy.

Add more soil if needed and water in your plants.

STEP 5: Enjoy!

Set up your newly personalized planters in a location that is visible for all your neighbors to enjoy and admire.

house number pottery

Change your plants out, try different stacking methods, add designs, this project will never get old. Happy planting!

 

 

 

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Top 10 Tips for Watering Your Plants Successfully

Knowing how to water your plants or flower bed properly is the key to gardening success. Read our top 10 best watering tips to learn the right time of day to water, how to check soil’s moisture levels, and when to use sprinklers or an irrigation system to care for growing plants.

Check the soil by hand

Although letting the soil dry out slightly before watering promotes root growth, it is important to maintain uniform soil moisture. The best way to tell if you need to water is to check the top 3 – 4 inches of soil. If it is dry, water immediately. If it is wet, check again in 6 – 12 hours. Moisture meters can be a big help. By regularly checking the soil, you will be able to set a watering schedule based on your soil’s unique characteristics.

Water infrequently but thoroughly

If watered thoroughly, your plants may only need a couple of watering sessions per week depending on how quickly your soil dries. It is better to give your plants plenty of water intermittently than a little bit every day.

Provide the right amount of water

Effective watering ensures that the roots receive enough water to be fully saturated. If you water too little, the moisture will only cover the upper inches of soil – or won’t even reach the soil at all, like when there is a thick layer of mulch that doesn’t allow enough water to soak through. For new plants, it is crucial that the entire root ball receives sufficient moisture during each watering.

Provide larger amounts of water in steps

Water takes time to soak into the soil. To prevent run off, it’s better to water your garden repeatedly in parts. For extremely dry soils, water for about 5 minutes to wet the top layer, wait 30 minutes, and then water again for about 10 to 15 minutes. This approach will allow more water to soak into the soil instead of flowing away unused.

Water when the sun is down

Watering cool soil before the sun rises in the morning or overnight after the sun sets will minimize the amount of evaporation and allow more water to soak into the ground. This timeline also ensures the plants have the water they need before enduring the heat of the day. Of course, if the soil is dry and plants are beginning to wilt, water them immediately – no matter the time of day.

Keep the leaves dry

Focus on watering the base of any plants because wet leaves are more susceptible to damage and disease. Leaf mold can infect leaves that are left wet overnight. Plus, during the heat of the day, water droplets can act as magnifying glasses that burn the leaves.

Water all around the base

One of the most important watering tips is to make sure water is evenly distributed around the base of a plant. One-sided watering can lead to one-sided root growth and poor nutrient uptake. Always make an effort to water around the entire base of the plant to ensure the water reaches all sides of the root ball.

Supplement your irrigation system

Drip irrigation, sprinklers or a soaker hose are great for established plants, but your new plants will need additional water until their root systems develop and extend outside the original root ball. Most irrigation systems don’t provide enough water to fully saturate the root balls and often give a false sense of security. Keep your irrigation system on for existing landscape, but focus on hand watering any newly installed plants or patches of grass.

Avoid overwatering

Waterlogged soil lacks the air pockets that roots need to live and grow. Care for your plants by checking the moisture level of the soil before watering. Keep in mind that plants are much more likely to suffer from underwatering than overwatering in Texas, especially during the summers.

Use quality soil

Help your flower beds thrive by using a soil that is rich in nutrients and minerals to provide an excellent foundation for new plants to develop and establish strong root systems. Amending native soil to improve its chemical composition is critical to promote drainage and prevent waterlogging.