How Often Should You Water Plants in Summer?
Pro Tips: How often should you water plants in summer
When it comes to watering, there are no rules set in stone. It’s a judgment call that depends on the type of plant, the soil, the weather, the time of year and many other variables. Fortunately, you just need to check the soil.
Keep in mind, in the absolute hottest days of summer (85-90+ degrees) it’s difficult to over-water your plants. But even then, you can water log certain types of varieties, Japanese Maples for example. Here are some useful tips when it’s time to water plants in summer.
Rule no. 1: Keep evenly moist
Most plants depend on even moisture. However, slight drying out before watering promotes root growth of the plants.
Rule no. 2: Water more seldom but then thoroughly
In the flower bed, one to two watering sessions per week are usually sufficient: better to water more seldom but with plenty of water rather than a little water often. Too much water can be as damaging to these plants as too little. (For larger shrubs and trees, realize that standing with the hose for a minute or two is *not sufficient!)
Rule no. 3: Water late in the evening or early in the morning
When you water cooled soil in the evening or night then less water evaporates than as on hot soil during the day. And the plants can sufficiently supply themselves with water before the next day’s heat.
Rule no. 4: Keep leaves dry
You may think those leaves look thirsty, but think again! Almost all plants absorb water through their roots only, and wet leaves become diseased leaves. Kept wet overnight, leaf-mold and other problems may result. Leaves that are made wet in the sun also develop slight burn marks (burning glass effect of the water droplets). Focus on the root zone instead. To water at the root zone, use a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler.
Rule no. 5: Give the right water quantity
Suitable watering means that the water must sufficiently reach the roots. Too-low water quantities often only cover the upper soil.
In our next installment, we’ll discuss more tips on how often should you water your plants, so you can be a true St. Louis landscaper pro!
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