Watering Guidelines

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    ANNUALS

    Annuals or seasonal color beds require 1-inch of water across the entire bed during normal conditions.  Warmer conditions will require more water.  Due to the delicate nature of seasonal color, plants should be monitored daily for wilting and watered as needed.  Water should be applied at the root zone or over-the-top.  If electing to water over-the-top, we recommend using a micro mister or similar nozzle in order to discharge a finer mist.  When watering with  micro misters over-the-top do so in the early morning hours so plants can dry throughout the day.; 

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                                      SHRUBS

                                      Shrub material planted from 3-gallon containers should be watered every 1 to 2 days.  New plant material will need 1/2 to 1 gallon of water at the root ball.  The frequency and amount of water will depend on existing conditions with warmer, drier weather requiring more water and greater frequency.  All plants prefer water at the root zone via drip or leaky pipe, but many can do well with over-the-top watering.  Generally, shrubs do not perform well when water from a sprinkler is constantly hitting the plant foilage with force.  Over time the plant will under-perform.    

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                                      TREES AND PALMS

                                      We recommend creating a dirt ring to hold water around the newly planted tree or installing a bubbler at the base.  It is advisable to do both.  Newly planted trees will require 4 to 6 gallons of water per square inch of trunk diameter each watering cycle through establishment.  The dirt ring or bubbler will allow for slower water penetration, preventing runoff.  The first 12 weeks of the establishment period are critical.  Trees should be watered twice daily for the first four weeks, daily for the second four weeks and every other day for the final four weeks.  After this period watering can be reduced to two times per week  for the rest of the first year.  After the first year supplemental water can be applied during the  warmer, drier periods.  Rain does not count as watering unless there is a downpour that is able to fill the dirt ring to the top.  

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                                                WATERING RESTRICTIONS

                                                 

                                                To determine your specific watering restrictions click on the link below.  It will take you to the Southwest Florida Water Management District Water Restrictions page.  Locate your city or county and click on that link to find your restrictions. 


                                                These restrictions may change ocassionally so monitor the website regularly for possible changes.

                                                Southwest Florida Water Management District

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