am i over watering? - Knowledgebase Question

stratford, nj
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Question by lestur
June 5, 2005
I planted 4 burning bushes in the front of my house about ten days ago. they are in full sun and i've been watering them twice a day. yesterday i noticed the leaves are falling off. the leaves are still supple and green and no pests were seen. am i over watering?
thanks, les

Answer from NGA
June 5, 2005
It's important to keep newly transplanted shrubs well watered, but you may be overdoing things. Your shrubs should be watered deeply once each week; apply water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire rootmass. You might want to build a watering basin beneath each and fill the basin; allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. Wait 3-4 days and then dig down to see how moist the soil is. If it is still moist 3" beneath the surface, you won't need to water for a few more days. If it is dry, it's time to water again. Best wishes with your new burning bushes!

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