Between root rot and drought, it is not always easy to measure how water you need for your garden. With Chipperfield’s simple guide to watering your garden, you will soon master the art of watering! We give you all the techniques for responsible watering, which will allow you make the most of natural resources according to your climate, your soil type, the needs of your plants, or even the shape of your garden.
1. Choose the right time for Watering your garden!
There’s no universal rule for all plants, all climates and all soils. The principle is simple… Water only if necessary! To do this, check the humidity of the soil by pinching it between your fingers. Then don’t forget to watch the weather. If a heavy downpour is expected in a few hours, no need to water, the sky will take care of it for you! We recommend watering in the early morning before the first rays of the sun in mid-season, and before sunset in summer. Water during the day, doing so in full sun may burn the leaves. Watering in winter in often unnecessary as many plants and flowers are dormant and of course it tends to rain more!
2. Mastering your garden watering techniques
To avoid wasting water, a precious resource to preserve, make sure to water your plants at ground level rather than at foliage height. This will reduce the risk of leaf burn and make the water is directed to the roots. A drip or micro sprinkler irrigation system also allows good water distribution. You also have the option of using a timer to deliver water at the most convenient time, perhaps early evening or morning. By waterting gradually you can avoid water running off and ensure enough water reaches the whole plant to avoid it drying out.
#3. Use a rain gauge
Watering is complementary to the natural benefits of rain. A rain gauge is the ideal tool for knowing exactly how much water is brought in by natural rain, you can then top up accordingly. There are even apps now available to keep an eye on the data and remind you when you need to water!
4. Choose plants adapted to your environment
Analyse the nature of your soil, the climatic conditions, the needs of your plants in light, then adapt the choice of plants to the humidity of your soil. Choose plants that will be suited to your conditions rather than those you love most! Growing a cactus in a tropical jungle or a banana tree in Iceland may prove difficult!
You can create areas in your garden of plants requiring the most humidity in a rather humid area and protected from full sun. It will be easier to meet their needs, they will develop more naturally, and you will save water resources.
5. Analyze the type of soil
Different types of soil will absorb and retain water differently. Clay soil requires abundant and infrequent watering. On sandy soil, it is better to water more often in smaller quantities.
6. Increase plant resistance to drought
It is possible to provide plants with supplements that increase, under certain conditions, their resistance to drought. Using straw, calcite powder, mushroom spores (mycorrhizae), or even Rameal Fragmented Wood. A good natural boost!
7. Use recovered water
Rainwater that falls on your roof can easily be collected to water your plants. You just need to connect a tank to the gutter. Good water savings, and above all, good recycling!
Watering your plants in an essential part of garden maintenance. Following few tips will give you the confidence that your plants are getting the best care and allow you to enjoy the process!