5 Water-Wise Tips for a Healthy Garden
1. Don't overdo it.While it may be tempting to water heavier, and more often, it doesn't necessarily help with growth. Make sure you water evenly, and having the plant completely dry before re-watering actually can promote root growth.
2. Don't water in the afternoon.When it is cooler outside, either in the early morning or late evening, less water evaporates into the air. This allows the plants plenty of time to soak up the water and prepare properly for the day's heat, as well as use the most efficient amount of water.
3. Stick to the roots.If you water the leaves of your plants in the morning, they are more likely to burn and dry out in the sun. If you water leaves in the evening, they have a higher possibility of mold and disease. It's best to stick to watering just the roots and soil.
4. Water in spurts.Instead of letting water run over the sides of your plant bed, wait until it has soaked in before watering again. Not only does this prevent the wasting of a precious resource, it also prevents the root cells from potentially drowning. This is called water-logging, and it essentially prevents the roots and cells from getting oxygen.
Starting with high-quality soil helps your garden flourish from the ground up. Not only is the right soil packed with minerals and nutrients, but expands in a more even way, preventing water-logging.
5. Make sure you're using high-quality, clay-rich soil.
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Tips courtesy of Gardena.com's article, "10 Golden Rules for Watering."
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