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Old 07-14-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Watering new landscape plants while on vacation


I recently planted new landscaping plants around my house. We are going on vacation and the weather is expected to be hot ( high 80's to mid 90's ) and dry. So I purchased a timer and a soaker hose to water them while I'm gone. I was wondering how often and how long to water.
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I would let it run on manual until it reaches a saturation point similar to what you are currently trying to achieve, and set the timer for the number of minutes or hours that it takes to reach that point, and then duplicate that for the number of times per day that you are currently watering.
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What kind of plants?

Where do you live?

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Dwarf boxwoods,dwarf Alberta spruces, and various flowering perennials. All plants are full sun, have 2-3 inches of stone around them. Northeast Pennsylvania zone 5. So far I have it set for ten minutes everyday at 6 am.
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Dwarf boxwoods,dwarf Alberta spruces, and various flowering perennials. All plants are full sun, have 2-3 inches of stone around them. Northeast Pennsylvania zone 5. So far I have it set for ten minutes everyday at 6 am.
Is that all on one soaker? It doesn't seem like that would be long enough. When you water you want it to get wet a couple inches down(ideally more like a foot for the bushes). The flowers will likely need more water than the bushes though.

My thought is that it will need to be run longer, but you will need to test and see how deep your getting.

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It's a 75 ft soaker/spray hose.
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It's a 75 ft soaker/spray hose.
Check how deep it waters in 10 minutes by digging in the soil near it after it runs.

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I increased it to twice a day soil seems moist. Root balls aren't that big so twice a day should be good. Thanks for your insight.
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