Watering garden plants is one of the more important duties in responsible garden care. It may seem to be a mundane chore but doing it efficiently will not only save time and effort in garden maintenance, it will also contribute in lessening one’s burgeoning water bills.
The first rule when you want to efficiently water your garden is quite obvious: Make sure the water gets to the plants. It may sound simplistic but oftentimes the water is unable to seep into the roots due to ineffective watering. Make sure that the water penetrates some five or six inches into the soil by digging a small hole with a hand trowel an hour after watering to check.
The use of mulch is an effective way of making sure that the moisture is kept within the soil thereby ensuring that the roots will have maximal absorption of the water.
In light of this, you would want to water the roots and soil around plants more rather than spraying the leaves and flowers.
You would also like to do your watering with the use of watering cans instead of a high-pressure hose to prevent plant damage caused by extremely pressurized streams of water.
Note that these tips are all focused on how to water your plants. Aside from knowing how you carry out your watering, it is also essential that you discern when to do your watering.
Evaporation and wind are factors in lessening the efficiency of your watering. Therefore it is much advantageous when the watering is done in the cool of the early morning, when the rate of evaporation and the presence of winds are low, if not non-existent.
Aside from this reason, watering early in morning is beneficial to the plants also because leaves can dry off the excess moisture later in day preventing the growth of fungus.
The frequency of watering your garden is also a key in maintaining your efficiency. It is best that you give your garden irregular but generous watering which will cause the roots of the plants to grow tough and deeply rooted.
Practicing the habit of frequent and shallow watering will only force the roots of the plants to grow near the surface of the soil – a characteristic that will guarantee the demise of the plants in case prolonged droughts come.
Lastly, do not water if you don’t have to. This is perhaps the most important thing to remember when you are intent on watering your garden the cost-effective way. Too much water is as ruinous to the plants as too little. It is ideal for most gardens to at least have an inch of water every week though you have to take into account the amount of water rainfalls bring.
Once you start to practice the aforementioned tips, it won’t be long before watering the garden the economical way will become a habit and a mindset of accomplishing every task in your garden efficiently will be acquired.
September 12, 2013