Watering Instructions

How To Check If Your Plants Need Water

Dig down 1”- 2” underneath the mulch and feel the soil. If the soil is wet, you don’t need to water. (Wet soil will stick together when squeezed.) You can also use a moisture meter to check if you need to water. When the indicator reads [1] or [2] watering is needed.


How To Water

  • Know your plant’s moisture needs. Some plants need more water than others. Plants under trees may require more water.
  • When soil feels dry water slowly and deeply. Allow the water to pool and sink in at least three times. Be sure to water out past edge of plants. Watering deeply encourages roots to grow deeper.
  • If you have shredded mulch over your beds, you may need to break up the crust to get water through to the soil.
  • Keep water off the leaves. This reduces diseases.
  • Water in the morning, giving foliage time to dry especially if using sprinklers.


When To Water New Plantings

Plants installed this year have higher water needs because their root systems have not grown much further than the original pot area. Call us if you have any questions. We're happy to help.

  • First Day: Water slowly and deeply after planting. Allow the water to pool and sink in at least three times. Be sure to water out past edge of plants. Trees and shrubs will only need to be checked every 3 days for the first month and then check weekly thereafter.
  • Week 1: Check daily. Only water when soil is dry about 1”-2” under the surface, water slowly and deeply. (Test with your finger or a moisture meter.)
  • Week 2: Check every 2 days. Only water when soil is dry about 1”-2” under the surface. Water slowly and deeply.
  • Week 3: Check every 3 days. Only water when soil is dry about 1”-2” under the surface. Water slowly and deeply.
  • Ongoing: During the rest of season, check once a week.


When To Water Existing Plantings

  • Be sure to water if we have not had significant rain in 2 weeks. Make sure to check on plants that were installed the previous year more often, or ones that especially love water. In many cases, these plants will need a little extra attention.
  • If no rain continues, water again when the soil is dry 1”- 2” below the soil surface.
  • Make sure water gets through mulch into the soil.
  • Watering by hand is a good way to learn the needs of each plant in your garden and it uses less water. If using a sprinkler, run just long enough to equal an inch of rain. You can test how much water your system delivers by using a rain gauge.


Drooping or Yellowing Leaves

  • Limp, hanging or yellowing leaves may indicate either too much or too little water. Check the soil two inches under the mulch. If it is dry, water the ground slowly and deeply. If it is wet, do not water until the soil has had time to dry out. You can also thin or loosen mulch so air can help dry out wet soils.

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Spring Hours

March 30-June 30

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm


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April 21, 2019

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