How to Save Water in Your Garden this Summer
While people appreciate a long, hot summers, gardens do not. With the hot weather, you tend to water your garden a lot more than usual. A a lot of water ends up being wasted. It is possible to save water and at the same time ensure that your plants get the water they need. This write-up will give you some tips on how to go about this.
A common mistake made in gardening is watering in the wrong way. So, learning how to water the garden in the right way is the first step to saving water. The number one mistake that people make when watering is lightly sprinkling the water over their plants. You need to water the plants at the roots. Doing it from the top has three disadvantages. Firstly, the moisture on the leaves attracts fungus which exposes the plants to fungus infections. Also, small droplets on the leaves may burn the leaves since they act like magnifying glass. Third, a lot of the water end up evaporating before it reaches the roots.
To save water, you can align some containers and pots. This helps save the water because the transpiration from the leaves builds a humid microclimate around the grouped containers. You can also consider keeping the water in the soil by mulching. Mulching is important to most gardens during summer. It involves placing a thick layer of manure on top of the soil. Mulching is effective in ensuring that weed growth is suppressed, that water remains in the soil since there is no evaporation. Consequently, mulching your garden during summer will ensure that you do not use as much water while at the same time ensuring that your plants satisfied.
Any a good farmer should always consider using a garden reticulation system. Water irrigation systems ensure that there is optimal usage water giving you complete control over the water usage in your garden. Garden reticulation systems also help in preserving the soil structure as well as nutrients. Having a water reticulation system also means that you need to know the best time to water the plants. It is advisable to water your plants during the morning hours or evening hours. Managing water resources is very important because water is a scarce resource. The most prudent way to do this as a farmer is to take measures that will ensure that your garden does not use up a lot of water during summer. While it is not always easy to do the right thing, it is my belief that you can save a lot of water while letting your plants to flourish.