Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Water new shrubs

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - SCD

Wa­ter­ing is a te­dious job and of­ten mis­un­der­stood, so is ei­ther done badly or the water is sim­ply wasted. One sound in­vest­ment is the reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing of a newly planted shrub in its first grow­ing sea­son. A can­ful a week is a rea­son­able rate, un­less the heav­ens open suf­fi­ciently to ren­der it un­nec­es­sary. The ob­ject is to help the shrub es­tab­lish it­self un­til the autumn ar­rives, when things will take care of them­selves. A thick mulch of de­cayed or­ganic mat­ter will be a big help and, in a shady spot, this may re­place the need for wa­ter­ing al­to­gether

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