Proper Watering of Emerald Cedars
I’ve planted a row of Emerald Cedars in my backyard. The line of cedars is planted East to West and gets fairly full sun on a clear day.
My question is that I’ve set a soaker hose to run across East to West on both sides of the plant very close to the centre trunk.
Basically like this
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The soaker hose is about 1-2 inches away from centre.
I use one of those stick in probes (about 8 inches long) each day to check the soil moisture before turning on the soaker hoses for about 2 hours.
How do I know when I should water and when to stop? Should I wait for the roots to dry, then water fully? Or should I always maintain a “moist” condition.
Watering deeply and less frequently is recommended for moisture-loving Emerald Cedars – at least once or twice a week after planting, depending upon rainfall. This will help the roots to establish well. The use of a soaker hose is an ideal way to do this. Soil quality is another important element in your young hedge’s overall health. Here is a previous post that will provide you with some additional tips on how to make sure that your young cedars thrive: http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/emerald-cedar-turning-brown/