Helpful hints on outdoor plants

By Nancy Kaller on Sep 21, 2022 at 08:33 PM in Articles
Helpful hints on outdoor plants

Helpful hints on outdoor plants

Water usage is a hot topic, and we hope the information here helps your plants strive and the tips on conserving water help for years to come.

Providing additional moisture between times of limited rainfall will keep your plants thriving. The best time to water outdoor plants is in the morning. The next best time is early evening or late afternoon. Avoid watering your plants at nighttime, because your plants' leaves may not be able to dry off as quickly and wet leaves are prone to diseases. The best way to water your plants is to water the soil near the base of the plant, avoiding wetting the leaves. Aim for a slow, deep watering so the water can soak into the soil. Try a watering can to help regulate the water pour into the soil.

The number of times needed to water your plants is up to the plant. A wilted plant equals a stressed plant, so give it a deep drink of water immediately. It is important not to let your plants get to the wilting point as it stresses out the plant, which in turn can become weakened and prone to disease. 

For a raised planter garden, an inch of water each week should do it, however, there are many factors to consider, for example, the amount of rainfall received, and the amount of sunshine the plant gets can change the amount of water that is needed. If the dirt feels dry two inches below the surface, the plant needs water. Plants that are in a container or a pot will dry out faster than plants in the ground, therefore, these may need to be watered daily, depending on the type of pot you have them in, as some posts absorb heat faster, drying out the soil faster. Adding about two inches of mulch on the top will slow down evaporation keeping your soil moist longer. 

The rule of thumb is water when needed, which is ideal when the soil feels dry but before you see signs of wilting. 

Additionally, your new plants will need more to be watered more often than your established plants. New plants need time to grow and get stronger roots to drink up the water you are offering. 

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