Garden watering tips
Water is a precious resource, and it pays to make the most of it. This collection of watering tips will help you cut down your water usage and save your plants from the negative effects of too much water.
- Water soil not foliage, over watering leaves invites fungal attacks
- Water early in the morning, never in the heat of a summers day. Wet leaves in the hot sun can damage plants.
- If you water in the evening, make sure there is enough time for leaves to dry before dark.
- Mulch with organic matter to trap in existing soil moisture.
- Don't over water, plants will develop shallow roots and fruit may rot.
- In dry conditions, water deeply 2-3 times a week.
- Sit a container out when you water and when there is 2-3cm (1 inch) of water in the bottom, your garden has had enough.
- Use a trigger hose to direct water where needed, only use overhead sprinklers if you are too busy to water by hand.
- Only water at a rate the soil can absorb, if runoff occurs then slow the water flow down.