How to Build a Dam for Watering Plants

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Learn how to build a dam for watering your plants, plus beginner gardening tips, advice and ideas for easy garden care and maintenance in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Craig Morell

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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.