At least 90% of every plant is composed of water. So you can see why it is important to properly water your lawn, plants, flowers, etc. every day. No plant can live without good ole H20. Without it, plants wither and die. But too much water can be just as bad for plants. So how can you make sure you are watering your plants properly? Even though the summer is over, the days in Maryland are still warm and it is important you take care of your plants.
This article from TLC.HowStuffWorks.com can help. It provides several tips to ensure you feed your foliage the right amount of water.
• Provide your plants with enough water for good health, but don’t flood them with it.
• Apply water in the cool of the morning when the wind is calm, the sun is less hot, and water loss through evaporation is minimal.
• If water sits on plant foliage for hours, it can encourage fungal diseases to attack leaves, buds, flowers, and fruit. Plants are best watered in the morning, when the warming sun will quickly dry off the leaves and discourage fungus development.
• Provide an inch of water a week for many plants and lawn grasses. Keep the soil lightly moist and to prevent it from drying out completely, which would be damaging to most plants.
• Hot weather, dry sandy soil, or crowded intensive plantings or containers may make more than an inch of water a week necessary.
• When the weather is cool, the plants are widely spaced, or the soil is heavy and moisture-retentive, less water may be required.
• Young or new plantings require more moisture at the soil surface to help their budding roots get started. Water lightly and more frequently to accommodate their needs.
• Mature plantings with large root systems can be watered heavily and less often than younger plants. The moisture soaks deep into the soil and encourages the roots to thrive.
• Set a rain gauge in an open area of the garden to learn how much water the garden receives each week. After each rainfall, check the depth of the rain inside. A commercial rain gauge is calibrated and easy to read. Judge the need for supplemental irrigation accordingly.
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