The thundershowers of summer are upon us and it can be misleading when it comes to establishing new plants in the landscape. Rain that falls fast and furious does not necessarily soak deeply into the soil but moves quickly across it. When plants are trying to establish their roots, downpours like these refresh the plant but do not always provide sufficient water to the root systems. Weeds on the other hand have evolved to grow with the bare minimum! You might notice weeds explode onto the landscape with the weather systems that we have been experiencing as of late. Keeping weeds away from newly established planting is necessary to support balance of resources (air, light, and water). It also brings you closer to understanding that soils have quite an impact on how often the plant needs water. More on that in the next post of this water wise series!