Summer is a season many people look forward to. The trips to the beach, BBQ’s with friends, the warm weather, and soaking up that vitamin D does you the world of good. However, those long summer days without any rain can have a significant effect on the health of your garden.
Often, keeping your garden well-watered during the summer months is extremely difficult and, it can be expensive! So, to help keep your garden watered during the summer, I thought I would share my top tips on how to water, when to water, and how often to water your garden throughout the hottest days of summer.
When is the Best Time to Water Your Garden?
One of the best ways to ensure you save on your water bills and keep your garden hydrated throughout the hottest days of summer, is to water it at the best times. To ensure your garden stays hydrated for longer, always water it first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening. This will ensure the water does not evaporate straight off the soil, giving your plants the moisture they need when they need it the most.
How Often Should You Water Your Garden?
The frequency of garden watering depends on the weather. If the summers where you live are hot, dry, and lacking in rainfall for weeks on end, you will have to water your garden twice a day to ensure it does not dry up. However, if you enjoy summer weather where showers are frequent, it is best to check the weather before watering your garden to ensure it won’t shower later on – making your watering pointless and a waste of water. Summer showers negate the need for watering your garden regularly and help you save on your water bill.
Give Time to Watering
Rather than rushing your watering, by quickly going over all the plants in your garden, give time to your watering and water slowly for longer periods of time. This will mean you can water your garden less frequently because you’re watering your plants deeply, for longer periods of time. And always remember to water your plants at their base. This helps plants soak up water more effectively by encouraging the water down to the roots where plants need it the most.
Try Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation is a fantastic way to save water in your garden while also ensuring your plants get the hydration they need throughout the day. Drip irrigation works by providing your plants with a slow, steady drip that helps get moisture to the roots of your plants. This is an extremely effective watering method and helps ensure your plants are well-watered all day long. Using this method, you can also keep your plants watered while you’re on holiday, by setting up the drip irrigation to a timer.
Check Your Plants Daily
When the weather is particularly hot, it is important to check your plants daily just to make sure they are doing okay or whether they need some water. If your plants are struggling to stay hydrated, no matter how regularly you water them, I would recommend adding mulch to the surface of the soil. Mulch protects your plants from summer heat and helps retain moisture by creating a barrier between the suns heat and the plants roots. This helps cut down significantly on the common summer problem of water evaporation common in the height of summer.
Water Your Garden from a Water Butt
One of the best ways to save water while watering your garden is by using a water butt. Not only do water butts mean you save on your water bill as you don’t have to use water from the watermains, but they also help you hydrate your garden with rainwater that is beneficial for the health of your plants. If you don’t have a water butt that collects rainwater, you should definitely prioritise getting one for your garden as they are extremely beneficial and environmentally-friendly!
Break the Top of the Soil
During the summer, the heat from the sun can often dry up the soil, creating a hard surface. Unfortunately, this means that when you water your plants, the water runs off the surface and is wasted. To avoid this problem and ensure your plants get the water they need, make a hole in the soil an inch or two deep and pour in the water. This will ensure your plants get the water they need delivered straight to their roots.
I hope you’ve found my suggestions helpful! There are so many ways you can keep you garden watered during the summer and save water in the process.
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