Summer Watering Tips

With summer officially here, here are a few tips for watering your garden to keep your plants looking great all summer long:

  • Water deeply and less often. This will encourage your plants to develop deep roots, which will help them to withstand dry conditions.
  • Water at the base of the plant, not on the leaves. Wetting the leaves can encourage the spread of disease.
  • Water in the morning or evening. Watering during the heat of the day can cause water to evaporate quickly, and it can also stress plants.
  • Mulch around your plants. Mulch helps to keep the soil moist and cool, which can help to reduce the amount of water you need to use.
  • Check the soil moisture before you water. Stick your finger into the soil to a depth of about 2 inches. If the soil is dry to the touch, it's time to water.
  • Water until the soil is moist but not soggy. You don't want to overwater your plants, as this can lead to root rot.

Here are some additional tips for watering specific types of plants:

  • Lawns: Water your lawn deeply and infrequently. A good rule of thumb is to water once a week for about an hour.
  • Vegetables: Vegetables need to be watered regularly, especially during hot, dry weather. Water deeply so that the water reaches the roots.
  • Flowers: Flowers need to be watered regularly, but they don't need as much water as vegetables. Water deeply, but don't overwater.
  • Shrubs and trees: Shrubs and trees need to be watered deeply and infrequently. Water during the first year after planting to help the plants establish a strong root system.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your garden gets the water it needs to thrive all summer long.