Watering Suggestions

Watering Suggestions

NOTE: Each property is different and the suggestions below are guides to get you started. Please adjust as necessary to match your specific plant/property needs.

Annual Flowers

Watering may be one of the trickiest aspects of growing annual flowers. Like many plants, flowering annuals need consistent moisture in the soil to grow and bloom beautifully. Annuals aren’t very forgiving if they don’t get the water they need. 

Minimum Requirements
  1. First 2 weeks: Water 4+ times per week
  2. Weeks 3-6: Water 3+ times per week
  3. Rest of year: Water at least twice per week

Lawn Fertilizer Applications

Please stick to your normal watering program after each lawn fertilizer application. Watering activates the slow release fertilizer applied to your turf. Most lawns need 1-inch of water per week during non-winter months.


Proper watering is critical to the successful germination and establishment of turf grass. Once moistened, the seed should be kept moist until the grass plants become established. Unless there is consistent rainfall, this will require daily watering of the seeded area. In order for best results, please follow this watering program. A blade of grass is made up of a great deal of water.
  • Water the seeded area thoroughly after seeding for no less than 10-15 minutes. This will both establish good soil moisture and wash the seed into the soil.
  • For the first two to three weeks, water two times per day, once at early morning and again in the early evening, for 10-15 minutes per watering session.
  • Once the seeds start to sprout, you can eliminate the evening watering sessions and also aim to apply around 1" of water per week (morning watering sessions only).


First 1-3 Weeks:

The key to establishing new sod is to keep it properly watered for the first month. Immediately after installing sod, water thoroughly making it spongy to the step. The new sod should be kept thoroughly wet by watering multiple times a day during the first 7 to 14 days depending on the season.

Lift a corner of the sod to determine the depth of moisture. In the first week, it is very important to keep the new sod damp. During this time stay off the sod so it can take root and you do not sink in and leave depressions from your foot steps. During hot weather, water several times a day so the new sod never dries out. If allowed to dry out, the sod will shrink, brown, and can die. The roots of your new sod will penetrate the soil faster and root down sooner if properly watered. 

When to mow?
New sod should be cut after the length has reached 133% of it's optimal height. Example: If you want the grass to be cut at 3" then you'll want the sod to reach 4" in height before the first cut.

Other resources:
  1. Watering FAQs
  2. How to Care for New Fescue Sod
  3. How to Schedule Your Irrigation System

Trees & Shrubs

The video below does a great job in explaining the watering requirements for trees and shrubs post installation. We also recommend purchasing the "watering wand" shown in the video to help with watering your new plants. Please do let us know if you have any questions after watching the video and we'll get back to you shortly.

How often should you water?
  1. Shrubs and Perennials: 3 watering sessions per week (minimum)
  2. Trees: 1 watering session per week (minimum)
How much should you water each session?

  • 1-gallon container = .5 gallons of water per watering session. Approximately 30 seconds
  • 3-gallon container = 1.5 gallons of water per watering session.  Approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds
  • 5-gallon container = 2.5 gallons of water per watering session.  Approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds
  • 2 Gallons of water per 1 foot of tree height. A 6-foot tree would need 12 gallons of water per watering session. Approximately 12 minutes

We’re always available to help answer any of your questions
A Cut Above Team

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