Just like humans, flowers and vegetables will not survive without an adequate and consistent supply of fresh water. However, the task of keeping your garden watered can be simplified with some easy techniques that are used by some of the most well-seasoned gardeners in the world. Read on for some garden watering tips that could save you a lot of time and money.
Though water is probably the most essential ingredient in a successful garden, there is such a thing as too much. Over-watering your garden can have some undesirable results, just as under-watering it can. Determine how much liquid each type of plant needs for the various seasons, then make a schedule and stick to it. Try to plant flowers, vegetables and shrubs with similar water needs in the same vicinity so that you can easily water them all together. Keeping up with the water requirements for different plants can otherwise be exhausting. Obviously, you will want to increase the watering schedule in the hotter months, but resist the urge to over-water even on the hottest days.
Once you figure out the needs and how to meet them, turn your attention to retaining the water in efficient and natural ways. One of the most overlooked techniques is to use compost to help absorb the water and to also retain it afterwards. If you regularly compost anyway, this is a virtually free way to keep your garden moist and healthy. It requires a bit of effort, but much less than driving all the way to a garden store and lugging home large bags of commercial solutions.
Ground covers can be another excellent way to keep your soil moist for longer periods of time. Their blossoms will also add splashes of color and interest in the open sections of land where nothing else is planted. If you would like the ground covering plants to blend seamlessly with the larger ones they surround, choose ones with the same colors. For a striking contrast, buy ground covers that bud with shades that are opposite on the color wheel. Evergreens can be a good neutral alternative.
Though some people do not like the appearance of mulch, there is no doubt that it aids in water retention. It will also act as a guard against the hot sun in the summer and biting frost in the winter. This relatively inexpensive means of protecting your garden is worth the slight appearance issues.
Plant flowers and bushes of varying heights and seasonal blooms. This will help to balance the overall water needs. Taller plants will act as shade, while shorter ones can mimic ground covers. Some even retain moisture in their leaves and stems, reducing the requirements for the garden overall.
Use these very simple techniques to increase water retention and raise the potential for a vibrant, healthy outdoor garden in your own yard. You will be the envy of the neighborhood while also doing your part to conserve nature’s resources.