Proper Watering for New Plantings

Creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape requires careful attention to watering schedules, especially in the crucial first few months after planting. At Gardens of Babylon, we follow specific guidelines to give your plants the best start possible. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause stress and weakness. Follow these guidelines to ensure your plants get the right amount!

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Deep Watering Twice a Week

For the first 90 days or until December 1, it’s essential to deep water your plants twice a week. Deep watering encourages roots to grow deeper into the soil, which helps plants access water more efficiently and become more resilient to drought conditions.

The 5-15-30 Second Rule

Different plants require different watering durations to thrive. Use the 5-15-30 second rule to guide your watering.

  • Perennials and Small Shrubs: Water for 5 to 15 seconds each. These plants have shallower root systems and need less water compared to larger shrubs and trees.
  • Medium Shrubs: Water for 15 to 30 seconds each. Medium-sized shrubs need more water to support their moderate root systems and foliage.
  • Trees and Large Shrubs: Water for 30 seconds or more each. These plants have extensive root systems that require significant amounts of water to maintain their health and growth.

Sod and Seeded Lawns

Sod and seeded lawns have different watering needs compared to shrubs and trees.

  • First Month: Water one to three times a day, depending on weather conditions. This frequent watering helps the grass establish a strong root system.
  • After the First Month: Reduce watering to one to two heavier waterings per week. This encourages the grass to develop deeper roots and become more drought-resistant.


By following these watering guidelines, you can ensure that your new plants receive the right amount of moisture to thrive. Proper watering helps prevent root rot and stress, promoting healthy growth and a vibrant landscape. For more personalized advice and expert landscaping services, contact Gardens of Babylon. We’re here to help you maintain a beautiful and thriving garden year-round.

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