When to water your garden?
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- Watering method
- Water needs
- Plant development stage
Watering: essential in a garden
Who doesn't dream of a garden where the lawn, shrubs, perennials and other flowering plants come gloriously into bloom? Clearly, any self-respecting gardener will! So, to achieve it, you'll have to get down to some watering, a crucial step in ensuring the ongoing health and growth of your plants.
Stage of plant development
When transplanting, plants have an increased need for water because the upheaval from pot to ground causes evaporation of existing water around their roots. Watering should therefore be daily at this point. Ideally, you should continue this for a week before beginning to space out the watering, depending on plant type.
Plant type and water needs
Certain plants manage with relatively little water. These can basically get away without being watered, with the exception of when being transplanted or during very dry periods and heatwaves. Among this category of plants are grasses, some hedge plants and hardy perennials. Over-frequent watering of these plants should be avoided as it can do them harm.
Watering at the right time of day
As we said before, you can in principle water at any time of day. However, a good reason to choose one time of day over another is the level of water absorption by the roots and the risk of evaporation.
Effective watering: choosing the right tools
For best results, you'll need to have the right equipment. It's important to remember that watering should be done so as to let a maximum of water penetrate into the plants' roots. Here are the main options:
- Watering cans, great for balcony and decking plants: planters, hanging baskets, pots and tubs
- A hosepipe, complete with a nozzle or gun attachment, for bedding plants
- A sprinkler, either rotating or rocking, for lawns and flowerbeds
- Automatic watering, drip-by-drip or with sprinklers, for large beds, hedges or lawns - has the advantage of being programmable.
Choose your watering equipment according to the surface area involved and the time you have to spare: watering a 1000m² lawn with a watering can is a fool's errand, but watering a potted geranium with a full-scale sprinkler system is totally unnecessary!
Think about your needs before you commit.
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