How to Water Your Garden like a Professional
Watering your garden is one of the most critical steps when maintaining a garden. Without sufficient water, your plants will die. But with too much water, they can drown and die. So how much water does your garden need, how often should you water it, and should you water them from above or at their base?
Read on to find some useful steps to help you water your garden like a pro.
The 10 Rules for Watering like a Pro
- Keep the beds evenly moist
Most of the plants in your garden will rely on even moisture. Of course, you want your plants to dry out slightly before you water them again as this promotes the growth of the roots. But make sure you don’t over water one area and underwater another.
- Water rarely but thoroughly
When watering your plants, once or twice per week with a decent amount of water is sufficient. Instead, water rarely with more water than often with less water.
- Only water in the evenings or early mornings
Watering your plants in the late morning or afternoon means that most of the water is evaporated. Rather water the cooled soil so that your plants can absorb the water before the heat of the day.
- Keep the leaves dry
Never leave your plant’s leaves wet overnight because wet leaves breed leaf-mold diseases. Make sure that your plant’s leaves are dry during the day as the sun will burn them, much like the burning glass effect with the sun’s rays penetrating through the water droplets.
- Give your plants the right amount of water
The correct quantity of water refers to how much water needs to reach the roots of your plants. If you use too little water, only the top layer of soil will get the moisture. Ensure you give your plants enough water that it seeps down into the root system.
- Give large water quantities in stages
It takes a bit of time for water to seep through the soil to the root system. If you pour all of the water onto the bed at one time, it will just flow away. Water your plants in stages so the water can be adequately absorbed.
- Distribute the water properly
By only watering your plants at one point, the roots will only grow on one side, and the nutrient absorption will be reduced. Pour the water around the entire plant to equally distribute the water to the plant’s root system.
- Irrigate in a water-conscious way
Always give your plants as much water as they need without wasting any water. If you know your plant only needs 4 cups of water, give it just that. Wasting water should not be an option.
- Do not waterlog your beds
Water-logging your plant beds blocks your plant’s ability to breathe. The root’s cells will drown if they do not get oxygen, causing your whole plant to die.
- Only use high-quality, clay-rich soil
By planting your plants in soil loaded with clay minerals, you are ensuring that the water is held in the soil in an even way. This is essential for keeping your beds evenly moist.
Giving your garden what it needs is simple once you know what to do and you have the proper sprinkler. Follow these steps to ensure that your plants are happy and hydrated.