plants in mulch - Knowledgebase Question

moreno valley, Ca
Question by blkqtpy
July 19, 2010
how much water do plants need when planted in mulch and do i need to fertilize around the actual plant in order for the bulbs to start blooming.I live in a new home developement and they did the landscaping


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Answer from NGA
July 19, 2010

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Most landscape plants will be happy with about an inch of water per week. In the summer time, applying water every 4 days is usually sufficient. The good news about mulch is that it slows water evaporation and also suppresses weeds. The bad news is that you won't be able to look at the ground to see if it looks dry and your plants need watering. So you'll need to keep an eye on your plants and water if they begin to wilt. If you don't have a drip system you can water by hand. Apply the water to the base of each of the plants and apply the water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. You'll want to use either a time release granular fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer such as Miracle Gro. You can feed your plants in the spring and once again 6-8 weeks later. This should supply all the nutrients your plants will need for the entire growing season. Good luck with your new landscape.

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