The Dirt: Watering and Fertilizing - New York News

The Dirt: Watering and Fertilizing

Posted: Updated:

It has been a hot, dry summer so far, and your landscaping or lawn may be showing some signs of stress.

However, it can be kind of a tricky thing to find the right balance with watering this time of summer.

"People under water and then they respond by over watering and create similar problems.  The roots will die out and the plant can't absorb moisture or nutrients," said Rick Vespa with English Gardens.

What are some of the signs of over watering and under watering?

"Over watering, typically you'll see a wilting of the plant, won't look so good, but it will generally still be green.  Whereas under watering, plant starts to dry out.  You'll see browning on the tips.  Pretty easy to tell the difference if you know what to look for."

Water cans work well for your containers, but there are some other cool tools to make watering a lot easier.

"An important tip on watering is to use a water breaker.  Whatever you're watering, it puts the water down gently, allows it to absorb into the soil.  If you put too much water down at one time, it will just flow out of the pot."

So it's important to have soft spray and let the water soak in.  How does a Soil Soaker work?

"Just a leaky pipe.  You can actually take this and run it throughout your plants in a flower bed or a garden and it just basically leaks."

"When you go on vacation or really throughout the season, a drip irrigation kit ... can really help.  Basically uses a timer you attach to the faucet, and you run small pipes to various containers on your deck or patio and it basically drips water into the pots, very efficient watering, no waste."

We know that feeding your plants and your lawn is important this time of year, but it's not one size fits all when it comes to fertilizer.

"A very important point, and, for example, on something like evergreens, Holly-tone is a high end acid or acidifies the soil, which is important for your evergreens.  A tomato food like Whitney Farms Organic, high in calcium, calcium's very important to have nice, healthy fruit on your tomatoes."

"You have things like the granules Osmocote, which you can put down.  It will feed for four months.  Granules, liquids, they all have different purposes and need to be used differently, and remember you need to feed often.  [A soluble] you can use in a sprayer ... and you can use it every ten days to two weeks throughout the growing season.  They really need a lot of food."

You want to makes sure your plants no only survive this summer, but also thrive.

English Gardens has seven locations throughout metro Detroit.  For more information, visit www.englishgardens.com.

  • Monica GayleMonica GayleMore>>

  • Container vegetable gardening 101

    Container vegetable gardening 101

    Friday, June 13 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-06-13 23:22:18 GMT
    Nothing says summer like veggies straight from the garden. But if space is limited at your house, container gardening can be a great way to get that fresh food fix. Rick Vespa with English Gardens explains how to get your container garden started.
    Nothing says summer like veggies straight from the garden. But if space is limited at your house, container gardening can be a great way to get that fresh food fix. Rick Vespa with English Gardens explains how to get your container garden started.
  • The Mix at Six

    Fox 2's Backyard Bliss Contest

    Fox 2's Backyard Bliss Contest

    Friday, June 13 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-06-13 21:37:48 GMT
    Monica Gayle is looking for a few good backyards.  She is also working to provide some green for your green thumb, as in green cash.
    Monica Gayle is looking for a few good backyards.  She is also working to provide some green for your green thumb, as in green cash.
  • Help! Winter zapped the plants in my yard

    Help! Winter zapped the plants in my yard

    Friday, June 6 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-06-07 01:07:37 GMT
    Are the shrubs and trees in your yard looking a little down in the dumps after this winter? Learn what's worth saving and what should be yanked.
    Are the shrubs and trees in your yard looking a little down in the dumps after this winter? Learn what's worth saving and what should be yanked.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dad accidentally delivers baby into toilet

    Dad accidentally delivers baby into toilet

    A Connecticut baby has arrived with a splash, right into a toilet bowl. The baby's father, David Davis, tells WVIT-TV that he was forced to deliver the newborn in the bathroom of his West Haven home Friday morning after his wife, Lillie, went into labor. He says the baby slipped through his hands during the delivery, but luckily went into the water. He says she began crying and it was the best sound he'd ever heard.
    A Connecticut baby has arrived with a splash, right into a toilet bowl. The baby's father, David Davis, tells WVIT-TV that he was forced to deliver the newborn in the bathroom of his West Haven home Friday morning after his wife, Lillie, went into labor. He says the baby slipped through his hands during the delivery, but luckily went into the water. He says she began crying and it was the best sound he'd ever heard.
  • Mosquito-borne virus sickens 20 in NJ

    West Nile found in New Jersey mosquitoes

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:16:32 GMT
    Twenty New Jersey residents have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. The state Health Department says the residents who came down with chikungunya had returned to New Jersey from the Caribbean. Chikungunya causes a high fever and severe pain in the joints. It is rarely fatal.
    Twenty New Jersey residents have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. The state Health Department says the residents who came down with chikungunya had returned to New Jersey from the Caribbean. Chikungunya causes a high fever and severe pain in the joints. It is rarely fatal.
  • 5 annoying things about New York subway

    5 annoying things about New York subway

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:59:49 GMT
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about subways in New York City.
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about subways in New York City.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:22:12 GMT
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
  • Prosecutor to discuss sex-assault allegations against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed

    Prosecutor to discuss sex-assault allegations against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:27:48 GMT
    Evan ReedEvan Reed
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to hold a news conference to announce the results of the warrant review regarding former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to hold a news conference to announce the results of the warrant review regarding former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.
  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices