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Fall is an excellent time for planting and transplanting, provided there is adequate soil moisture to allow plants to reestablish their root systems. Because inconsistent watering or lack of rainfall during this crucial period can rapidly cause a new planting to fail, it is well worth your time to learn a few tricks to make watering easier, more efficient, and more effective.
A good general guideline for the first year after planting is this: If rainfall is less than an inch per week, provide supplemental water. During the winter months, when the ground is frozen and deciduous plants don’t have foliage, watering is generally not necessary. However, you may wish to water occasionally in winter if there is an unusually warm or dry spell and the ground is not frozen.
Effective watering encourages root systems to penetrate deeply into the soil. If you water quickly and shallowly, only the top few inches of soil will be adequately saturated, and roots will remain near the surface.
The texture of your garden’s soil will affect how much and how often you will need to water. Sandy soil that is low in organic matter can become hydrophobic and repel water if it is allowed to completely dry out; in this situation a very slow and long watering period will be needed to remoisten the soil. Soil with a high clay content can also be difficult to rehydrate if it is allowed to dry out; when it is oversaturated, the tiny pores between soil particles remain wet for extended periods. A soil composition test from your local extension agency will provide information on the makeup of your garden soil, which will allow you to adjust your watering efforts accordingly.
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