A guide to watering your garden and keeping your plants healthy

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A guest post by Easy Watering

Plants need water to survive. If they don’t get enough, it won’t take long before they wilt away and starve. If they get too much, they’re at risk of drowning due to a lack of oxygen. Only through proper hydration methods can this balance be properly achieved.

When is the best time to water?

If you can, try to get up early and water your garden in the cool of morning. By doing this you are giving your plants vital nourishment to soak up during the heat of the day. You should avoid watering your plants during the day as you’re just going to lose a lot of the water through evaporation.

What should I use to water my garden?

Well, that depends on the size of your garden. A good old-fashioned watering can will do the job just fine if your garden is small, but it’ll soon lose its charm if it’s taking you an hour every morning.

Garden hose pipes are ideal if you’ve got a bigger job on your hands. There are a number of different options available to you. Soaker hoses are made of water-permeable fabrics that allow small droplets of water to leak out through the length of the hose. The idea is that you lay the hose through the garden and it will supply water directly to the plant’s roots.

Easy Watering supplies a variety of high quality garden hose pipes to fit your watering needs. Find a size that will give you enough reach in your garden or choose a sprinkler system to do the work for you. They also provide a number of Hozelock auto reels that are perfect for keeping your hose pipe tidy and untangled. They’ll cut your daily watering session in half, giving you more time relax and take in the view of your revitalised garden.

How much do I use?

Most garden lawns and plants typically require an inch of water a week. Your aim should be to prevent the soil from ever drying out completely. Of course, you’ll need to alter your watering techniques based on the weather.

More will be required when the hot weather dries the soil out quicker. Less will be required when the cooler weather holds the moisture for longer.

Younger plants will require more water to help their developing roots grow. Mature plants can be watered more heavily and less often as their more developed root systems can take it. Every plant is different, so it’s worth following the guidelines that came with your plant or doing some research online. As a general rule, try to avoid watering plants at night if they are disease-susceptible. With no sun around to evaporate the water, moisture will just sit on the plant for hours making it more susceptible to fungal disease.

Disclosure: A guest post by Easy Watering.

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