Summer: 5 ways to water the garden according to your needs

Nice weather is coming and watering the garden is becoming more and more important. Indeed, if in winter the water supply has to be reduced or even stopped, in summer watering becomes necessary! But how do you water your plants when you go on vacation? Is it better to water early in the morning or in the evening? Should I choose manual or automatic watering? Here are 5 ways to water your garden according to your needs.

1) During the holidays

After putting so much effort into growing and maintaining your plants, it would be a shame to abandon them after going on vacation, especially if it’s only for a few days. Also, with a vacation budget, you may not have planned to include an automatic sprinkler system. Don’t worry, some grandmother’s tricks can make up for the lack of watering. Start by placing a fairly thick layer of mulch at the base of the plants to keep the soil cool and prevent water from evaporating.

You can also fill the bottle with water and puncture the cap before pushing it into the ground so that the water flows very slowly like a drip system.

Otherwise, place oyas near plants in your vegetable garden. These are those terracotta containers that, after being filled, release water little by little for about two weeks.

2) Irrigation drop by drop

One of the best irrigation systems is the drip irrigation system. Indeed, this one brings the plant what it needs by passing to the root level. It helps prevent certain garden diseases like mold because the leaves are not affected by moisture. It’s also programmable, so there’s no water loss or waste.

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3) Automatic irrigation

There are different automatic irrigation systems. We can specify an oscillating sprinkler, a circular sprinkler or a cannon sprinkler. Sprinkler irrigation is generally intended for large areas such as lawns in the garden. They can be placed on the surface or buried.

Most of them are programmable, which allows you to perfectly water your plants without the risk of too much or too little water.

4) Garden hose

A garden hose is a manual watering system, but it remains an extremely practical system when you have a lot of plants. You’ll be able to move from your vegetable garden to your ornamental flower corner without going back and forth to the faucet. Most hoses have adjustable pressure levels, allowing you to tailor the watering to each of your plants.

5) Watering bucket

Finally, we couldn’t finish without the traditional watering can, essential for the gardener! It is true that it is not very practical for a large garden, but it is very useful for indoor plants, terraces or balconies. If you can, leave your watering can outside, on the patio for example. That way, it will be filled with rainwater and you will save water. Just be careful not to touch the leaves of your plants when watering to avoid fungus.

It is desirable for watering your plants in the evening to prevent water evaporation on hot summer days.