Saving Water in the Garden During the Warm Weather
While people appreciate a long, hot summers, gardens do not. When the weather is very hot, you garden needs a lot of water. A a lot of water ends up being wasted. There are many ways in which you can ensure that your garden gets the water it needs to grow the plants without necessarily having to water it so much. This article will offer you some solid advice on how to save water during summer.
A common mistake made in gardening is watering in the wrong way. Therefore, the first step in ensuring that your garden does not need a lot of watering is learning how to do it right. The number one mistake that people make when watering is lightly sprinkling the water over their plants. Plants need to be watered at the roots. Watering from the top has a number of disadvantages. One is that you risk accumulating fungal infection on the plant due to the moisture on the leaves. Also, small droplets on the leaves may burn the leaves since they act like magnifying glass. It is also proven that most of the water evaporates even before it gets to the roots.
One way of saving water while gardening is skilfully aligning containers and pots together. This helps reduce water loss since the transpiration from the leaves generates a humid microclimate all over the grouped containers and pots. One can also use mulching to keep the water within the soil. Mulching is an important practice for any garden. Mulching requires you to place a thick layer of manure on top of the soil. It suppresses weed growth, ensures that water remains in the soil and also prevents water loss as a result of evaporation. Consequently, mulching your garden during summer will ensure that you do not use as much water while at the same time ensuring that your plants satisfied.
An irrigation system is one of the most important tools that can help save water. Water irrigation systems ensure that there is optimal usage water giving you complete control over the water usage in your garden. Garden reticulation systems also help in preserving the soil structure as well as nutrients. Having a water reticulation system also means that you need to know the best time to water the plants. The best time to water the garden is during the morning hours or the evening hours. Water management is important since water is a scarce resource. The most prudent way to do this as a farmer is to take measures that will ensure that your garden does not use up a lot of water during summer. While it is not always easy to do the right thing, it is my belief that you can save a lot of water while letting your plants to flourish.