Spring Time is knocking on the door where all the plants and flowers start coming back alive from their long winter sleep. As we all love a lovely garden, there are some watering tips we need to worry about. It is not only about the plants to stay healthy, but also to save watering cost.
On average, a remarkable five liters of drinking water per person/day is used for gardening watering purposes. This equals a yearly amount of over 2000 liters of water consumption for the garden. I have collected the best watering tips and tricks for you:
1. Pick the right plants
Picking the right plants for the garden makes a huge difference in watering consumption. Depending on the climate and environment you are living, the plants and nature prefer native soil to preserve the local biological balance.
Try not to be too exotic as much more effort, extensive water irrigation, and special soil are only a view things to more worry about. Further, if you are going out of town for vacation, local plants will survive the period easily without any special care.
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2. The Timing of Watering Plants
The best timing for watering plants is indeed in the morning. During the day, when it is hot or sunny, the water evaporates very quickly. Therefore, you need to more often water the plants which, in fact, is a waste of money. Plan your time for watering when there is no sun around.
If the plants are being watered in the evening, the moisture will still stay on the leaves. This will attract a lot of bugs, snails, and other insects to attack the plants. It is widespread to see fungal diseases developing.
3. Frequency of watering
Many home gardeners are so concerned with watering plants too frequently. It happens that every day the garden hose is out to water the plants. The majority of plants actually do not need this much water, and only two times a week is often more than sufficient. It is crucial to do intensively watering so that the roots can grow more deeply, making the plants more stronger.
4. Avoid using sprinkler system
The water literally is taken away by the wind. As the sprinkler shoots the water high in the air, only part of it makes it back on the ground. Around two-thirds of the water evaporates without having any effect.
Firstly, choose the right kind of grass which is resistant against diseases and needs lesser watering. Secondly, even it takes more time, get the garden hose and water with it instead of using the sprinkler system.
5. Do mulching around the plants
Mulch is an excellent soil to keep the moisture trapped around the plants. The area will stay much longer moist as without any mulch. Also, it helps to loosen the ground from time to time as well.
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6. Collect rain- or groundwater
An excellent way to add natural vitamins and minerals to plants and flowers is to collect rainwater. As the drinking water is purified for human use, most of the time, it is being stripped of many minerals. An old barrel is perfect for collecting rainwater and does not look out of place.
In case you prefer to collect more substantial quantities of rainwater, a special tank system is advisable. If you are living in the countryside, you might have a water-well. Please take advantage of it for watering plants in your garden.
7. Water less, but more intense
Do not water every day a little bit here and there, as most of the water will not make it down to the roots. It is much better to water more at once, so the water can reach deeper layers of the soil. This technique also saves money as less water is required.
8. Watering plants on soil level
There is no need to shower the plants as the rain will take care of it. The best way to add water is right on the soil level right next to the roots. You need less water, and it also keeps away leave bugs who love the moist environment.
9. Watering a garden slowly
With a strong beam of water, you wash away a lot of mulch and good soil. Also, it will let the water flow away from the plants. Therefore, you need much more water, and it is advisable to have the water hose on a soft flow setting.
10. Equip small pots with self-watering stakes
Smaller pots tend to dry out very quickly during summer as the amount of soil is not much. I highly recommend getting some plant watering stakes as they add water slowly to the soil. Another great advantage is that these stakes also catch rainwater.
11. Move indoor plants outside during rain
All indoor plants like to receive fresh rainwater filled with a lot of natural minerals. Either move the indoor plants to the outside or have a container ready to trap the water and refill it into a watering can later on.