Drought Watering Guidelines

As you know the current weather conditions are extremely dry and grass and plant materials are struggling to survive.  As a result we have put together some watering tips for you to follow to ensure that your plant materials can survive.  Water is essential for plants to grow and develop, and it carries minerals from the soil to the leaves.  It also acts as the raw material from which plants manufacture food.  Below you will find some information regarding the root systems of different plant materials:


Plant Type                                        Minimum Root Depth

Annuals & Groundcovers                     2” – 4”

Turf Grass                                                     4” – 6”

Perennials                                                   12” – 14”

Shrubs                                                           18” – 24”

Trees                                                              24” – 60”


While your sprinklers may be sufficient for grass areas, groundcovers and perennials, trees and shrubs have a deeper root system that require a lot more water.  It is a good idea to deep-water trees and shrubs by using your garden hose and holding it at the root system for a period of 1-2 minutes.  Do this twice a day during periods of extreme drought.  For other plant materials such as annuals, perennials, groundcovers and grass, they should be watered additionally between the hours of 2pm and 6pm in order to cool off the root system and prevent rooting from drying out.  It is best to water several hours before sunset to give the leaves time to dry before dark.  If you water too late in the day the plants are left wet at night, fungi and related diseases set in.


In addition to watering more, you may want to have fresh mulch added to your beds and around trees to keep moisture from evaporating and prevent over drying.  If you should need any fresh mulch, please feel free to call us to be added to our schedule.



Great Lakes Landscape Design, 2016

Team Great Lakes Discuss: DECOR

Landscape designer, Jeremy and landscape stylist, Alicia of Team Great Lakes sit down to discuss decor. Listen and watch as they give tips on how to make your indoors flow to your outdoors and back again. You can also view the transcript below. All images are property of Great Lakes Landscape Design.

Alicia: Some people don’t even realize how important it is to decorate their outdoors. They don’t even realize it’s the first place you look at, it’s the first place you come to, it’s the place you leave from, and it’s almost more important than any room, I think, in the house. I think you can have outdoor décor in your front, I think you can have it in your back. I think you can use it as far as your mailbox can be part of your décor, your rug mat can be part of your décor, and your lighting can be part of your décor. There are so many things that can create a vibe from the outside that can give like a feeling of who you are on the inside.
Jeremy: It also shows that the home is lived in, and the space is lived in and well used. It gives the space personality, and the items that you can use range from rugs, pillows, any of the chotchkie material such as pagodas and sundials, bird baths; any of that stuff can be used as décor.
Alicia: And unexpected things too, things you don’t expect. You could have statues, you could put a mirror, I mean people think mirrors are like for bathrooms and bedrooms, they’re so not according to Feng Shui they belong outside. They create a whole bunch of vibe on what kind of house it is. And as Ivan Katz says: “They make rules to follow, and we at Great Lakes like to break them.”
Jeremy: Now things like planters can also be used as décor. Planters don’t need to be just clay pots, they can be glazed with numerous colors and shapes and styles, and those all lend themselves to the personality of that home owner, giving color and range. And then you can build on that with the plant material that goes in it.
Alicia: Completely, and it doesn’t necessarily even have to be like a real pot for planting. People use all kinds of stuff, you know, you make a hole in it and you can turn it into a pot, shoes, and different kinds of pots that aren’t necessarily clay pots for planting. You know, you can create all kinds of stuff, now anything is acceptable, really. You can go with the vibe of your house, or you can be eclectic and have one feeling outside and a different feeling inside.
Desiree: You even see people using old doors and old ladders, and stuff like that.
Alicia: Windows…
Jeremy: As trellises. I’ve seen ladders placed up against a home and then vines growing on them. But things like throw pillows and afghans, things like that on furniture.
Alicia: I mean really, it’s all about inside out and outside in.