Keeping your plants properly watered is one of the most important aspects of caring for your garden. Check your plants daily for water. This doesn’t mean they need water every day, but making sure is important. During the hottest parts of the summer, you may want to check your garden twice a day for anything in wilt, once in the morning and once in the evening, particularly for new plantings.
Wilting doesn’t always mean watering is needed, wilting can be over watering too.
A simple way to check your plants’ moisture level is to use a soil moisture meter. A moisture meter takes out some of the guess-work, by providing an easy reading of 1 to 10. For most plants if it’s between 2 and 4, plants are ready for a drink. At that time, water deeply and thoroughly and then wait for it to dry again.
Hand watering deeply can be thoroughly achieved by giving the plant a good drink (In a container fill to the rim) allowing it to soak in and then repeat the watering process 1 to 2 more times.
Sprinkler watering is best done at a low and slow pace to allow proper saturation. let an area soak for 20-30 min on a low to medium setting, not pounding the plants.
Fertilizer and Watering
When using a liquid/water soluble fertilizer be sure to moisten the soil first, otherwise most of that fertilizer will run right through past the roots and go to waste. Dampen the root are first and then go back and water again with your fertilizer solution.
- Grass needs approximately 1 1/2″ of water weekly year round. During hot summer months it most likely will require more water depending on things like temperature and sun exposure.
- Watering should be done as early in the morning as possible to allow the grass to use it through the day, avoid nigh time watering to prevent mold and other issues.
- Water 2-3 times a week deeply instead of short spurts every day. Don’t water so much that it’s running out of your lawn down the street.
- Check sprinklers regularly to make sure they are hitting all areas of the lawn.