Keeping plants alive and grass green and healthy when rain has not fallen for days, weeks or even longer is no mean feat. Often, a lack of rainfall is accompanied by warm temperatures and blazing sun in the summer months. All of these weather conditions can prove challenging for gardeners striving to keep their plants alive in autumn because of its cooler climes and frequent rain.
Water Hose Tips And More
Happily, there are several ways in which gardeners can maximise water from other sources and keep the soil as moist as possible through careful planning and positioning of useful items. Read on to discover useful water hose tips and other ways to mitigate against a lack of rain during drought-like conditions in the garden.
1. Water Wisely
Always water when the day has lost its main heat. This could mean early morning, before or just after the sunrise. Alternatively, water in the early evening. This avoids water droplets burning plants’ leaves when the sun falls on them, and it lessens the effects of evaporation of water in the hotter parts of the day. Water in sections, paying more attention to areas with plants that need more water than others.
For instance, plants with deeper roots will need less water than shallower rooted varieties, as the deeper roots can access water further down in the soil more easily. Allow the water to go deep into the soil for the best results.
2. Take care of Your Water Hose
A water hosepipe is a gardener’s best friend when the rain is less than cooperative. It can get water from a tap to where it needs to be and the long length and flexible tubing makes it easy to position and reposition as required. Always take care of your hose to ensure a long lifespan.
Never leave it in direct sunlight when not in use, as this can degrade the rubber tubing and encourage bacteria to grow inside. Always roll it up after use according to the manufacturer’s instructions and never leave any kinks or bends unattended. Invest in appropriate attachments, such as Kink Out, to keep the hose straight and bend-free.
3. Irrigation’s All You Need
Setting up a full-scale irrigation system may not be possible for all gardens and gardeners, but with some planning, you can sort out an effective drip irrigation method to keep smaller pots and containers supplied with water. Running tubes to each pot and connecting them to a water source is an efficient way of watering plants, as the tubes send the water exactly where it needs to go and nowhere else, so none is wasted. Again, non-bend attachments, such as Kink Out can help keep the tubes blockage-free.
4. Water Retention
While no garden can survive without any water, adding layers to help retain moisture around the plants could mean that you don’t have to go out and water it quite so often. Mulch is highly effective at keeping moisture in the soil it covers. Mulch is a layer of organic matter, such as straw, bark chips or compost, that sits around the base of plants to reduce the drying effects of sun and warm air.
You can also use the newspapers. Another way to keep water in the soil while improving its quality is to apply a deep layer of compost. This nutrient-rich mixture can be made from organic matter, such as grass clippings, vegetable peelings and dead-heads collected from the very same garden.
5. Drought-Based Plants
Plan ahead for next summer by planning and creating a drought-resistant garden. In other words, choose plants that do not need much water to survive and grow. Many of these plants originate from areas of the world that do not receive much rain, such as parts of the Middle East, Africa and the USA. They are therefore highly adaptable to periods of drought and extreme heat. Some examples include cacti, lavender, tulips, marigolds, delphiniums and sedum.
Succulents are also a good choice, as are some herbs, but these must be well established to deal with extended periods with little to no water. Start your low-water herb garden by growing plants indoors first and transferring them outside once they are bigger and stronger.