The golden rule of watering: water infrequently but properly

Watering the lawn. Photo by Urmas Lauri

Pleasantly hot and dry weather will delight those on the beach, but somewhat less for garden owners.

Eveli Uibomets, the manager of K-rauta Tondi store, shares practical recommendations to quench the thirst of the garden.

  • In sunny and hot weather, you need to water vegetables, flowers and grass, but this is often done incorrectly – the plants should not be watered too often and superficially, but rarely and thoroughly. Frequent but insufficient watering attracts the plant roots to the surface layer, which in turn promotes drying. The hotter the day, the more water the plants need, but this does not mean that they should be watered three times a day, but that more water should be poured on the plant at once.
  • The easiest way to make sure that the plants have received enough water is to insert a finger into the soil – it must be completely wet, if not, water must be added.
  • The most critical is watering large-leaved plants, which are quickly damaged by heat and sun. However, the roots should be watered rather than the leaves.
  • Drought is also dangerous for newly planted plants or freshly sown grass, which must be watered properly during the current dry season.
  • Whenever possible, watering should not be left for lunch when the sun is high. You could water in the morning or in the evening when the air temperature is lower, because then the water evaporates less. If there is both sun and clouds during the day, it is worthwhile to prefer a cloudier time for watering, and if possible, it is also worth watering after a light rain, because water is better absorbed in already moist soil.
  • Do not use cold or hot water for watering, for most plants hand water is ideal. Icy cold water can cause disease in plants, so if necessary, allow it to warm up in the sun before watering.
  • If you want to thin the watering, it is worth loosening the soil properly and using mulch. Bark crumb helps to keep the soil moist and reduces watering times.
  • Less frequent mowing prevents the lawn from drying out. During the drought weeks, the lawn should be allowed to grow at least 10 centimeters high, as this will create shade for yourself and prevent it from drying out.
  • In dry and hot weather, it is not worth leaving the mowed grass behind, because the decomposition of dried sections slows down and there is a risk of decay. If such a decay layer is more than 5 millimeters, the normal growth conditions of the lawn are disturbed, water and oxygen deficiency occur and the lawn becomes more susceptible to diseases.
  • Sprinklers make watering easier in a large garden, especially if you get water from your pond or other natural body of water. However, sprinklers are especially effective for watering lawns, as flowers and vegetables need more thorough watering.

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