Best Time to Water Your Garden

When it comes to watering your garden the right time is largely a judgement call.  Watering will depend on the type of plant you’re trying to grow, the soil you’re growing it in, the time of year and how warm and dry the climate is.  That makes it sound more complicated than it really needs to be, the best time to water your garden is actually pretty easy to figure out, you just have to check the soil.

If you’re watering your flowers and they are in a pot you can simply lift the pot to check the soil.  You get to know how heavy the pot is supposed to be, wetter soil is heavier.  If the pot is too light, then it is time to water until the soil is thoroughly moistened and you have water coming out of the bottom.  Lift the pot at this point so you get a feel for the weight.

If you just dump water into the pot it will run past the roots and out of the bottom leaving your plant still needing water.  Water slower it is far more effective, you want the roots to be able to reach the water.  This is true for house plants, seedlings or your tomato plants.

Testing how heavy that you pots are isn’t going to work in your garden you’re going to have to try something else.  There are soil moisture sensors available that can tell you if you need to water your plants.  You can also push your shovel into the soil near your plant and feel the moisture.  You should feel moisture up to a depth of 12 inches, if you can’t it is time to water.

The Best Way to Water Your Garden

  • It’s all about the roots: It’s the plant’s roots that need the water the most, spraying water on flowers and leaves is largely a waste of time.  Not only that, it can encourage pests and diseases.
  • Water when you need to: You don’t need to water your plants in the rain.  Keep an eye on the weather and when there is plenty of rain cut back on the amount you water, you may not even need to water at all.
  • Pay attention to the type of plant: Grass and lawns need less water than shrubs or trees.  Grass only needs moist soil to a depth of 5 inches whereas trees and shrubs need moisture to a depth of a foot.
  • The early bird catches the worm: Water in the early mornings before it gets far too hot and if you get water on the leaves you have time for them to dry out.
  • Mulch is your friend: Mulch can help the water stay in the soil where it needs to be rather than just running off.

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