The type of plant, the type of soil, the drainage system and the general landscape are all determinants for the amount of water that you use on your plants or vegetables.
It’s always good to know such facts so that you give the right amount of water. Too much of anything is not good. Likewise when referring to plant watering.
Grass for example is at its best if it’s watered just once or twice a week.
A test that you can use if you want to see that your grass is ‘thirsty’ is the footprint test.
If you are leaving footprints on the grass when you walk on it, Then that’s your clue to give it water. But if the grass springs back then there is no need to water.
The best time to water your garden is in the early morning or in the evening. I know you always want to sleep an extra five minutes every morning and when you finally wake up, you are already late for work.
But I also know you can wake up 45 minutes before so you can water your garden. There is less evaporation at this time so you are assured that most of the water will be taken in by the plants and not lost to the atmosphere.
Weeds compete with your plants for water intake. Pull out weeds as often as you can so you don’t lose water to them. [Weed control]
If your work schedule is too hectic for you to pay this much attention to your garden, then hire a gardener. The cost of hiring one is not as much as the cost of dried wilted plants. Think about it.
The number of times that you water your garden is up to you. But aim for an average of 25mm per week. Believe it or not, 25mm encourages the roots to grow deeper.
Spread out this 25mm during the course of the week. All at once will not give you the results you are looking for. Maybe four or five days every week will just about do the trick.
Check your soil moisture. If your soil is dry then you have to increase the amount of water that you would use in soil with the right water content.
Watering your garden using the smart tips I have mentioned will definitely leave you a happy man.