When determining if you need to water, the rule of thumb is 1 inch of water per week. Now, don't count on your local news to tell you how much rain you’ve had. Rainfall varies dramatically… Dublin can get 2 inches, and north Upper Arlington can get 1 inch of rain—then the local news may report 3 ½ inches because they are reporting rainfall at John Glenn International Airport.
It is best to get a rain gauge for your property so you can accurately measure the ACTUAL rainfall at your home. You can find rain gauges at your local hardware store for less than $6.
So, back to watering… If you have containers, always keep in mind that these will dry out quicker. We recommend that they are watered every 2 to 3 days. When watering—whether containers or beds—it's best to use a water wand so that you can easily get to the base of the plant. Yes, mother nature will definitely water the foliage, but it is critical to water the soil so that the plants and flowers take water up through their roots. Also, we don't live on water alone, so don't forget to fertilize every 3 to 4 weeks. For best results from your fertilization, water first, fertilize second.
For all the details on M.J.’s proper watering practices, check out this video:
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