How to Save Water in Your Garden this Summer
We all wish for a long, hot summer but your garden may not appreciate this so much. With the hot weather, you tend to water your garden a lot more than usual. This means that a lot of water goes to waste. 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. The the subsequent paragraph will give you some important tips on how to save water during summer.
Most people make the mistake of watering their gardens in the wrong way. So, learning how to water the garden in the right way is the first step to saving water. The the biggest mistake you can make when watering the plants by lightly sprinkling the water over the plants. One is advised to water the plants at the roots. Watering from the top has a number of disadvantages. Firstly, the moisture on the leaves attracts fungus which exposes the plants to fungus infections. Secondly, the droplets accumulated on the leaves act as a magnifying glass and could burn the plant when the sun comes up. Lastly, the water ends up evaporating before it reaches the roots.
An effective way of saving water is cleverly aligning some containers and pots. The grouped containers help trap water that leaves the plants through transpiration. Another way of maintaining the water within the soil, is mulching. Mulching is important to most gardens during summer. Mulching involves placing think layer of waste on the soil around the plants. Mulching is effective in ensuring that weed growth is suppressed, that water remains in the soil since there is no evaporation. Ultimately, mulching during the hot summers is one way of ensuring that your plants get the water they need without using a lot of water.
An irrigation system is one of the most important tools that can help save water. These systems help you maintain control over how your garden is water ensuring that there optimal water usage at all time. 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 two most opportune time to water your garden is during the morning and in the evening. It is your responsibility to ensure that water is properly managed since it is a scarce resource. It is prudent to take precautionary measures when gardening 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.