Watering your plants is not rocket science and there are no set rules. It’s a judgment call that grows with experience and depends on the type of plant, the soil, the weather and the time of year. You can always visit landscaping companies that can guide you or you can simply follow the tips here and get started today.
- Focus on the root zone – Remember that it’s the roots that need water and not the leaves. Leaves, if left wet overnight can get leaf-mould diseases and leaves that are left wet in the sun develop slight burn marks at times.
- Keep them evenly moist – Plants mostly depend on even moisture spread. However, slight drying out before watering can promote root growth.
- Mulch your garden – Mulching reduces surface water runoff and slows down evaporation from the soil.
- Use the right irrigation tools – For complete watering at the root level, use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler. You can get them from landscaping companies.
- Water thoroughly – Usually two to three watering sessions per week are sufficient. It’s better to water seldom but plentiful rather than a little and very often.
- Water early in the morning or late in the evening – When you water your plants make sure that the soil is cool. This way less water evaporates and the plants and soil absorb more. Also the heat from hot soil is injurious to the health of plants.
- Distribute watering – Always watering at the same place leads to one-sided root growth causing poor nutrient absorption by the soil. Therefore, always water around the plant and distribute in the entire irrigation area.
- Avoid waterlogging – Waterlogging suppresses the breathing air of the roots out of the soil. Be sure to use a pitchfork to keep the soil aerated so that the water gets absorbed well and the roots can breathe.
- Use clay-rich quality soil – Soil that is rich in clay minerals has better expanding properties and can therefore hold water better and in a more even way. But in wet summers and in winter, ensure water drainage to prevent waterlogging.
Taking shortcuts can often lead to lawn and plants problems later. Take the time and effort to do a thorough inspection of your plants and their water needs to have a healthy garden. If you’re a newbie, you can look for some lawn care services to assist in getting started.