Regular watering can keep a garden looking fresh in the summer, but it can be a costly and lengthy task. Luckily, with these simple garden tips, you can conserve water, save time and still keep your garden looking great.
1. Water Less Often
Not only will it save you time and money, but watering less often can be better for your plants, too. For most fruits and vegetables, thoroughly soak the soil with about 1/2 inch of water, every three to four days. This minimizes the water lost to evaporation and encourages roots to absorb extra moisture, making them deeper, stronger and less vulnerable to drying out.
2. Water Early in the Day
This gives plants more time to absorb water before the midday sun dries the soil. If possible, avoid watering in the evening — slugs and fungi love plants left damp overnight.
3. Go Straight to the Roots
Save water with a simple drip irrigation system — a hose full of tiny holes that delivers moisture to your plants at a slow, steady rate — to give roots time to absorb more water.
Tip: Some systems can be set to run on an automated timer, which makes them almost effortless.
Laying down mulch conserves water and can be a real lifesaver for plants. A 3-inch layer will act like a protective coating over the ground, holding in moisture longer so you won’t need to water as often.
5. Achieve A Good Balance
Plants in containers can dry out quickly, but it’s also easy to overwater. For a healthy houseplant, water whenever the topsoil feels dry and choose a pot with holes in the bottom to allow the excess liquid to drain out.
Plants absorb water most efficiently through their roots. For best results, place a potted plant with a drainage hole in the bottom inside a larger pot partially filled with water. That way, the liquid from the larger pot will slowly soak up through the soil of the smaller one, watering the roots from the bottom up.
6. Add Moss
Hanging baskets look lovely, but they can dry out quickly. Line yours with Sphagnum moss to keep the water in. It’s available at most garden stores and looks beautiful draping down from a wire basket.
7. Try Succulents
Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems and roots, making them a perfect, water-saving summer plant.
Do you have any go-to tips for keeping your garden happy and healthy all summer long? Share them in the comments section below!