I might not water every day..
Seems like that would be too much..
But I don't know your soils' that well..
but usually you let the soil dry down a bit,
Give them a wee~bit of a break and water in a few days, if the soil seems dry...
*remember the roots are forming right now, and you don't want soooo much water that they drowned and rot...*
(but again, I don't know your soil all that well, but hold off a bit and dry a bit)
Raking the leaves over is okay..
For us up here, it would be a temp. barrier between the ground and snow!
But for you, keeping it moist and cool could be a good thing..
*I hear some of the temps' down there are 80*'s or so*