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Tips For Watering Your Garden During Dry Weather

Updated on September 12, 2013

Keeping Your Garden Growing When Water Is Limited

Water is essential for a plants growth, and to keep it looking its best, watering the garden must be done on a regular basis to prevent weak growth and reduce risk of disease. This can be difficult if weather conditions are dry for long periods and especially if there has been a drought that has led to a water shortage and restrictions. How do you keep your garden looking its best and ensure your plants are not allowed to dry out if this happens? Fortunately, there are things you can do which will prevent your garden from looking like a parched desert and will enable you to continue successfully growing your plants.

Watering can
Watering can

1. Water butts are a perfect way to ensure a good supply of water for your plants. They are not expensive to buy, and once installed, all the water is free. More so, Plants prefer rain water, especially acid loving plants such as blueberry bushes.

2. Give the plants a good soak every few days rather than regular sprinkles. This ensures that the soil is moistened deep down, encouraging the plants to establish deeper roots which will make them stronger and more resistant to drought.

3. Water the garden during the morning or evening when the heat of the sun is at not at full strength. This will ensure the water soaks into the ground and is not evaporated by the heat.

4. Avoid excessive digging of the area. Digging allows the moisture trapped in the soil to be exposed to the surface where it can more easily evaporate into the air.

5. Position plants close together so that there is less exposed ground. The foliage will shade the soil and keep it moist for longer.

6. Water the base of the plants so that the maximum amount of water goes into the soil and does not rest on the plant. Water left on the foliage that is then exposed to hot sunshine can scorch the plant.

7. Use the grey water from the home in the garden. Save the bathwater etc and use it to water the plants. Just make sure you don’t use any water that has chemical cleaning fluids in it or is greasy.

8. Choose to grow plants that suit dry conditions and keep to minimum thirsty plants that require a large amount of water.

9. Mulch the ground. Mulching can make areas of soil more attractive looking and do an excellent job of holding the moisture in the ground. Choose from bark, shingle or other material that’s in keeping with your garden. Don’t forget to mulch any plant pots you have, as these are at particular risk of drying out.

10. Don’t scalp the grass. Some people have an obsession with keeping the lawn as short as the cutting blades on their mower will allow, but this often results in dry, dusty, brown grass in hot and dry conditions. Remember to just give the grass a light trim in dry weather. It will cause less stress to the grass allowing it to grow stronger, it will shade the soil it is growing in to retain moisture, and it will look more attractive looking like a green lawn rather than a dusty brown patch of ground.

There is nothing worse than seeing all the hard work in your garden wilting and dying due to lack of water. By following these tips, your can continue to water your garden enough to ensure it survives a drought and stays looking its best.


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