Garden Tip: Five tips for wise watering

During our inevitable summer dry spells, proper watering techniques can reward you with lower water and sewer bills, healthier landscapes and more fruitful gardens.  |  Submitted
During our inevitable summer dry spells, proper watering techniques can reward you with lower water and sewer bills, healthier landscapes and more fruitful gardens. | Submitted

During our inevitable summer dry spells, proper watering techniques can reward you with lower water and sewer bills, healthier landscapes and more fruitful gardens.

Here are five tips for watering this summer:

Check the soil moisture before turning on the sprinkler. No fancy instruments are needed; simply push your forefinger about 2 inches into the ground around your plants. If the soil is dry 2 inches below the surface, it’s time to water. Investing in an inexpensive rain gauge is another way to monitor moisture.

Water in the morning. This gives plants the chance to hydrate before the sun and drying wind evaporate the moisture.

Use only the water you need. Vegetables and turf need about an inch of rainfall or irrigation water per week. Conserve water and optimize plant health by watering only when needed, not when the sprinkler timer turns on the system. The key to plant health is water deep and infrequently. You might also consider not watering turf and letting it go dormant.

If your garden or landscape beds are limited in size, you may want to hand water with a spray wand. Inexpensive soaker hoses or DIY drip systems can be used on larger areas.

It’s never too late to mulch. Mulching your landscape beds with about 2 inches of hardwood mulch will dramatically reduce evaporation as well as reduce unsightly and moisture-robbing weeds. Vegetable gardens can be mulched with pesticide-free grass clippings or straw.

Garden Tip is courtesy of The Growing Place, 630-355-4000.

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2 Comments

  • American National

    There are many things people can do to conserve on water. Homeowners should consult a professional pre, mid

    2014-08-04 10:24:34 | Reply
  • REDVETTE

    AS A CALIFORNIAN IT IS VERY HARD TO SAY THE WORD DROUGHT WHEN YOU ARE BORDERED BY THE PACIFIC OCEAN. SANTA BARBARA IS THE ONLY CITY THAT LEARNED FROM THE LAST DROUGHT TO INSTALL A DESALINATION PLANT TO CONVERT SALT WATER....BRAVO.

    2014-08-02 00:39:44 | Reply



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