In the landscape business of Plant Zone 8b of sunny Charleston, South Carolina most of my clients believe it or not are transplants. The most common mistakes made by plant lovers new to the area have to do with underestimating the sun and the heat. And how do we battle the heat here in Charleston, South Carolina…. water. We beat the heat on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean, floating down the Edisto, in the water of the beer at Shem Creek or gigging frogs in the swamps of the Low Country. We cannot live without water and unless you are a Xeriscaper, neither can your plants.
Plants planted downhill or at a lower grade than the lawn, house or other plants will receive more water due to surface runoff than those on top of a hill.Plants suited for our zone do pretty well in the constant high humidity.It is when there is a significant increase in the fluctuation between low to high humidity levels that I feel their needs to be more water applied to plant material.
It is up to you to pay attention to your landscape and determine if it needs more or less water. Using the above factors will help you when starting to figure out set minutes and frequency, every landscape is different, because every location has a different sun orientation, existing elements to contend with and so on and so forth.
Have you found a watering schedule that works great for you? Share and help a fellow transplant.