It will be a big mistake to sit back and wait for the rains to water your garden all the time. Rainfall patterns may be unpredictable yet the plants need a good supply of water all year round. Therefore, an effective and efficient watering system comes in handy.
Watering a garden is a fairly simple task. As long as you are armed with the right tools, like Gilmour hoses and relevant information you can get the task done quickly.
We will let you know how you can properly water your garden, but before that let’s explore some things you need to keep in mind.
Factors to consider when watering a garden.
The type of the soil:
The knowledge of the type of soil in your garden will greatly inform the amount of water to be used since the water retention capacity of soils differ. The retention capacity of sand is lowest, followed by loam soil, then clay soil which has the highest retention level.
Type of the plant:
Different types of plants have different water requirements, so it will do you good to understand the water requirements of the plants you have grown in your garden.
Water requirement during dry, hot and sunny season is higher than on a wet cold season. This owing to the fact that on a hot day the rate of evaporation and transpiration is higher, causing the plants to lose water at a higher rate.
Proper way to water a garden:
Experts advise that watering should achieve at least an inch in depth per week. You could easily measure that. Just stick a finger into the soil and feel the depth to which it is moist. Anything beyond an inch is satisfactory.
To achieve an inch or more, you need to water your garden properly. This is the right way to water your garden:
Target the root of the plants:
Many gardeners fail to realize that it’s actually the roots that need water and not the leaves, so they end up wasting a lot of water on the leaves. Ensure much of the water is deposited on the roots as it’s the root that absorbs the water.
Get the right tools:
You can use just about anything to water your plants, but, efficiency and effectiveness calls for the use of the right tools. Sprinklers are common, yet they have below the average efficiency rate of (40-50%) and waste a lot water.
For efficiency, you will need something that will deposit water directly to the root. Drip irrigation is super but your garden may be too small to warrant such an investment. The next option that is equally efficient yet economical is a garden hose (here’s a list of some of the best garden hoses)
Retain as much water as you can:
What a prudent way to reduce the frequency of watering than preventing water loss. Two methods. One, mulch your garden. Secondly, strategically time your watering. Water in the morning before the sun is out or late in the evening after the sun has set to reduce loss through evaporation. And if possible, use the raised bed garden design.
Published by Taslima Akter