Water! we all need it especially in these warmer months and so do are gardens. But how do we know we are watering our plants to the best of our abilities to help them to reach their potential? Don’t worry we have you covered with some great tips and tricks to help you look after your thirsty foliage. We also have ideas and suggestions to make your watering more eco-minded. As water is becoming a precious commodity as UK supplies become under pressure. Because of climate change, population increase and protection of the environment. So, listen closely and soak in all the h2O goodness we have for you.
The early bird catches the worm! So why not rise with sun and try watering your plants in the morning. These are some of the cooler hours of the day, which will help the plants absorb more of the water. Watering in the mid-day heat lowers the percentage of water taking in, as some is lost to evaporation in the heat. Watering your plants in the evening is also a great option when the temperature starts to drop off. If you water in the morning the foliage and soil is will stay drier for longer than evening watering. This helps to discouraging slugs, snails and mildew diseases keeping your plants fighting strong.
Don’t miss your mouth! Plants can only retrieve water through their roots and take water from surrounding soil. So, make sure when watering to hit the base of the plants or roots not the leaves. Wet or humid leaves and greenery will encourage fungal and disease problems, and the water will evaporate rather than being taken in by the plant. For plants that are growing in containers near a fence or wall, their roots maybe restricted, and this may lead to them needing more frequent watering. As the roots have a lesser surface in which to extract water from.
Choices, choices, choices! So many options on how to water and here are just a few. Drip watering, great for areas with no mains water supply. The reservoir (likened to an IV drip) drains over 24 hours, ensuring your plants are watered for a two-day period. Great if you are planning a getaway for the weekend. Or for your growing veggies we have a grow bag waterer, keeps plants watered up to 14 days.
Just a light mist! Hoses with spray guns can me a great choice, you can change the pressure for your different plants, and you do not waist extra water as it only releases with your touch of the lever. Or If you don’t have an outside water mains watering cans are a great alternative, the water can be aimed at the bases leaving the surrounding soil and foliage dry.
Are you looking at my Butt! Water Butts are a great environmentally friendly form of watering. Recycling your rainwater to use later in your watering can, lessening the main tap water you would use and helping to lower the impact your garden has on the environment. Its a win, win situation.
Crystals are a flowers best friend! Water retaining granules are a great aid to help your garden retain moisture, add to the compost when planting bedding in pots, hanging baskets and containers. The roots will grow around the granules that retain the water, then the plants can draw moisture as and when they need it. Bark is another solution to water retention, allowing your plants to draw water as they need it.
Add some sprinkles to the top! Sprinklers are a great effort free way of water, not as eco friendly as hoses and water buts as they use a lot of mains water. But for someone with a busy list, sprinklers can help you multitask. Watering your plants while you work your way through other things.
With these tips and tricks now in hand you can now water your garden with ease and helping your plants fulfil their full potential.
Phyllis says you can also help make your watering more eco-friendly by collecting rain water, be that in a water butt or straight into your watering can. Rain water wont shock your plants as tap water and will save you money as well as the environment, so make the switch today.