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The secret to watering plants for better results and in less time

Here are some tips to help you achieve better results:

  • Avoid simply spraying the leaves of plants as much of this water will simply be lost to evaporation and little will ever reach the roots, where it is most needed.
  • Ideally use rainwater for watering plants and every garden should have some provision (water butt, rainwater harvester or any old watertight container even an old drum) to storing this free but very valuable resource
  • Use water wisely, during dry spells provide water to new or vulnerable plants and avoid watering established lawns, trees and shrubs
  • Water generously and directing the water to the central area surrounding the plants.
  • If the soil surface around the plant has become compacted or a ‘crust’ has formed, this will make the soil surface impermeable. Use a garden rake or fork to break the surface which will allow the soil to absorb the water.
  • If the ground is sloping, form a ‘bowl’ around the plant by creating a circular ridge of soil around the plant. This will ensure that the water doesn’t run away but instead percolates directly to the plant’s roots
  • Avoid watering during the daytime when the amount of water loss due to evaporation is much higher. Instead water plants very early in the morning or alternatively later in the evening. Early morning is usually a better time as slugs and snails are less active during this period.
  • Any plants showing signs of wilting should be watered as soon as possible
  • Watering plants is often a time and labour intensive chore; a more efficient method of watering is to use irrigation/weeping pipes which release water to plants on a controlled basis. For even more convenience, installing a programmable timer will not only ensure plants are watered when owners are away
  • Do remember water (whatever the source) is a very valuable and precious resource which should be used wisely and avoid any overwatering.

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