Water It Right
Most gardeners, whether novice or an expert green thumb, know that watering your garden, flowers and plants within your landscaping is vital to their survival and nutrition. Inside and out, you can easily spot plants that have not received enough hydration and are showing signs of drying up and dying a slow death. When the summer months arrive, gardeners all over the country share the same concerns – what the high temperatures and potential water restrictions could do to their plants and flowers. When heat and drought put water supply sources in danger, municipalities must find ways to limit water use in their region to protect the supply and prepare for the demand. Knowing how and when to water your landscaping is important in order to survive the summer months.
Properly watering your garden means taking the time to reflect on your watering practices. In many cases, we know that many gardeners are wasteful and inefficient when it comes to watering plants and flowers. It is important to know your landscaping needs and follow these simple guidelines. In exchange, you will conserve water and bring your garden to life.
- For established plantings, deep and infrequent watering is recommended. An inch per week (rain plus irrigation) should be sufficient. Applying that inch of water in one deep watering will encourage deeper rooting, which leads to stronger, healthier plants.
- Check your local water municipality’s summer restrictions, if any. Typically, once per week to fill that inch will fall within the restriction.
- Shallow, frequent watering, on the other hand, will lead to shallow root systems and high water loss through evaporation.
- Shallow, frequent watering tends to waste more water than is used and won’t meet the demands of your plants.
- The best time of day is early morning before the temperatures get too high. It also means lower winds so less evaporation.
- Late afternoon is a good time as well, but be sure to leave enough time for the leaves to dry to avoid fungal diseases.
- A lawn sprinkler may be a good method for the lawn, but it may not be the best way to water a vegetable garden. Pick a device that meets your specific needs.