Watering to Establish Plants

Wondering how often to water your new plants?

Countdown to 3-2-1.

To Establish Newly Planted Plants

Follow the 3-2-1 Rule



3 times a day for one week
2 times a day for two weeks
1 time a day for one week
(total of 4 weeks)


Woody Perennials & Shrubs

3 times a week for three weeks
2 times a week for two weeks
1 time a week for one week
(total of 6 weeks)



3 times a week for one month
2 times a week for second month
1 time a week for third month
(total of 12 weeks)

For already established plants, infrequent and deep are the pertinent words. Pick a holiday during a month and water everything deeply and thoroughly then.


Watering and sprinkler equipment options include in-ground irrigation systems, rotating sprinklers, oscillating sprinklers, water wands and more. For ease, good coverage, and conservation, we recommend the old-fashioned 3-arm rotating sprinkler with a hose bib timer.

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