Are You Watering Your Garden Correctly?

by | Jul 2024

First Editions® Amber JubileeTM Ninebark

First Editions® Amber JubileeTM Ninebark. Photo: First Editions® Shrubs & Trees/Tracy Walsh

Watering is one of those easy garden to-dos that helps your plants thrive. But are you watering correctly? Follow these tips to keep your plants healthy and hydrated this season.

  • Always check the soil before watering and only do so when the soil is dry.
  • Water with a garden hose and wand attachment set to a steady stream. While watering cans are cute, they tend to hold smaller amounts of water than your plants need.
  • Water at the base of the plant, not over the top. This will help keep leaves and any flowers on your plants healthy.
  • Aim to water in the morning, so the water can soak into the soil and roots before the warmest part of the day.
  • If you have decorative pots with plants, know that those plants tend to dry out quicker than those in the landscape. Check the soil daily, and water when dry to help those plants thrive.

If you’re like me and want to limit the amount of water you’re using throughout the season, consider planting varieties that can handle dry conditions. Some of my favorites are Amber JubileeTM Ninebark, Jade Parade® Sand Cherry and Tiger EyesTM Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac. While being drought-tolerant, these shrubs also provide fantastic multi-season interest.

Gretchen McNaughton is the communications and content strategist at Bailey Nurseries. Learn more at


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