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Friday, June 5th, 2020 by Art Ditzel
To prevent your plants from hanging their heads in summer they need plenty of water. But how much or how often should they be watered? And is it better to water from above or below? Continue reading and you will find some smart and helpful facts for watering your plants.
1. Keep evenly moist
Most plants depend on even moisture. Slight drying out, however, before watering can promote root growth in plants.
2. Water more seldom but thoroughly
In the flower bed, one to two watering sessions per week is usually sufficient. It is better to water occasionally but with plenty of water rather than a little water often.
3. Water late in the evening or early in the morning
When you water the cool soil in the evening less water evaporates than when watering hot soil during the day. Watering in the evening or early morning also allows plants to sufficiently supply themselves with water before the next day’s heat.
4. Keep leaves dry
Wet leaves can become diseased leaves. Kept wet overnight, leaf-mold may result. Leaves that are wet in the sun can develop slight burn marks (burning glass effect of the water droplets).
5. Give the right water quantity
Requirement-suited watering means that the water must sufficiently reach the roots. Too little water will only cover the upper soil centimeters or may not even reach them at all ( e.g. when there is mulch covering the soil).
6. Give larger water quantities in parts
Water needs a moment to seep into the soil. To prevent precious water in the bed from flowing away unused it’s better to water repeatedly in sections.
7. Water with a target but distribute
Always watering at one root point only leads to one-sided root growth and thereby to poorer nutrient absorption from the soil. Therefore, always water around the plant and covering the entire irrigation area.
8. Irrigate in a way that saves water
Water as much as necessary and as little as possible. This can be simplified with an automatic irrigation system with a moisture sensor located in the garden bed, on the balcony, and on the lawn.
9. Avoid waterlogging
Waterlogging suppresses the breathing air of the roots out of the soil and the root cells drown without oxygen.
10. Use quality, soil
Plant soil rich in clay minerals has better-expanding properties and can, therefore, hold water in the soil much better and in a more even way. In wet summers and in winter ensure adequate water drainage to prevent waterlogging.
You can contact the professions at SBC Outdoor Service to help with this or any landscape project at your home or residence. We C.A.R.E.