How to Plant & Fertilize Your Garden : How to Build a Dam for Watering Plants


On behalf of Expert Village, my name is Craig
Morrell. I’m with Landscape Restorations in Miami, Florida. We’re here at Palm Hammock
Orchid Estate and we’re talking about planting, and fertilizing. The title of this clip is
to build yourself a dam. Now, I’m not referring to the Hoover Dam or the Grand Coulee; a dam
around your plants. The idea about this is to keep the water centered on the plant, especially
when you’re working on a slope like this one. So what we’ve done here is right after we’ve
planted our plant, we’re going to make ourselves a little earthen dam a few inches deep so
that the water that we put in here at the base of the plant stays here. It’ll soak down
into the root ball deep and slow. This is very important especially with palms and larger
trees. You can build a dam that might be 4 or 5 feet across and foot tall to hold a small
lake of water. So once we get this built, our water stays right where we want it to
right here. So all we’re going to do is take the back fill and make ourselves a little
earthen dam.

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