How to Water and Fertilize Perennials in Dry, Rocky Soil

Choose drought-tolerant perennials for rocky soil. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Use slow-release fertilizer sparingly to avoid runoff.

Create a watering schedule based on plant needs and weather conditions. Mulch around plants to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Consider drip irrigation for efficient watering.

Test soil pH and nutrient levels regularly to adjust fertilization. Use organic fertilizers to improve soil structure and microbial activity. Avoid over-fertilizing to prevent plant stress.

Apply fertilizer in early spring when plants start actively growing. Water plants before and after fertilizing to prevent root burn. Consider using a liquid fertilizer for quick absorption.

Monitor plant health for signs of nutrient deficiencies or excesses. Adjust watering and fertilizing practices accordingly. Consider foliar feeding for quick nutrient uptake by plants.

Incorporate compost into the soil to improve water retention and nutrient availability. Consider using a slow-release fertilizer with micronutrients for balanced plant growth.