Spring is in full swing. As the year flies by the days are becoming longer and the temperatures are beginning to rise. As the temperatures begin to rise our water consumption follows suit, though the majority of it will be seeing our lawns, gardens and landscapes. It’s easy to spring into panic mode, rushing for the hoses to ensure your plants stay hydrated before they wilt under the harsh summer elements ahead. But before you do, we’ve listed 6 rules when it comes to watering your plants that will help eliminate wasteful watering.
1. Water your plants evenly.
Your plants depend on moisture. More importantly, your plants depend on moisture that is evenly distributed. To much in one area can cause your plants to drown. Not enough and your plants will start to shrivel.
2. Water occasionally, but thoroughly.
Watering your plants every day is more harmful than watering only one to two times per week. Frequent light waterings fail to alleviate the stresses of heat and sunlight as it doesn’t allow moisture to penetrate the soil deep enough for plant roots to absorb it. A thorough weekly watering gives the soil an opportunity to retain the moisture for several days.
We recommend reducing your watering sessions when the climate has cooler temps, overcast skies, low wind, high humidity and, of course, when it’s raining. On the other hand, we also recommend increasing your sessions during days of high heat, direct sunlight, high wind, no humidity, and/or no rain.
3. Water in the morning or evening.
Watering soil in the evening after it has cooled allows for plants to store the water, creating less chances for water evaporation under the next day’s heat. Watering early in the morning allows time for soil surfaces and foiliage to dry.
4. Keep the foliage dry.
Remember, your plant roots need water, not the leaves! Wet foliage is a waste of water and is highly susceptible to becoming diseased. Wet leaves under direct sunlight can create burn marks on the foliage and eventually brown the leaves completely causing them to die and fall off.
5. Water slowly and deeply.
An ample amount of water is needed to reach the plant roots. Too low water quantities only covers the upper soil, often failing to reach plant roots. Following the 1-2-3 guideline – 1 foot for annuals, 2 feet for perennials and shrubs, and 3 feet for trees – will ensure your plants are receiving adequate amounts of water each time.
6. Irrigate to save water.
Water your flowers as much as needed, as little as possible. Simplify your watering frequency with sprinklers, soaker-hoses or an automatic irrigation system with a moisture sensor. Using a
scheduled watering system such as these provides individual zones with a specific watering cycles that cater to their watering needs. Different types of watering systems each have their pros and cons. Be sure to consult with a professional to gauge which method is best for your property.
For those who have newly planted trees – once your plantings have been completed, proper watering becomes the single most important part of plant survival and appearance as these transplants are very dependent on regular waterings. Our 6 rules to watering your landscape also works well for your new plantings!
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