Summer Gardening and Water Saving Guidelines

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Summer is an excellent time to enjoy the great outdoors, having fun in many ways during the warm and pleasant season. You will need to pay extra attention to your garden areas however, as the sun can easily scorch them and turn them into dry patches if you're not careful. With the heat wave coming in many countries around the world you should also pay attention to saving water as well. The following tips will give you more information on ways you can deal with the situation, the options and tools available and ways you can make your gardening far easier in the long run:

·       The right tool for the right job

Garden hoses and nozzles are the best way you can efficiently apply water to a wider area, dealing with your plants during lawn care. A lot of water is lost as evaporation, runoff and mist during the summer, so you will need an efficient way of irrigating your whole garden area without losing too much water in the process in the most efficient way possible.

·       Avoiding overwatering of your garden

For most people watering seems to be a task that means providing a minimum of one inch of water for lawns, perennials and shrubs need at two inches a week instead. There are certain things about irrigation you need to keep in mind, since every plant has varying needs in terms of moisture, sunlight, soil and more. When you are certain you have the right moisture levels for your soil, you can simply press down your finger to see how soft and wet the soil is. Hot and windy conditions means you will need to check for wilting around the garden. If you see anything like that happening, you will need to provide the spot with enough water, but avoiding overcompensating with far too much water.Doing that will help prevent root rot resulting from far too much moisture, as well as no and no air pockets for beneficial bacteria.

·       Never waste water

You should avoid soaking the foliage of the plants when you water, as this will not work all that well for irrigation purposes. This will have much better results in the long run, as it will allow you to water the roots of the plants directly instead of over saturating the whole area. In most cases the shrub root structure will be different so you will need to watch out for any potential puddles or runoff from irrigation that point out where you need to wait for the water to soak in before continuing your work. The same goes for sprinklers, use them responsibly and avoid going too far during gardening.

·       Stopping mulch from crusting over

Mulch is great for keeping moisture safely trapped at the base of your plants and keeping them cool during the hot days of summer. A thick layer of it however can prevent water from soaking through and working on the roots. Mulch is thankfully easily biodegradable, so it will rot on its own and release its nutrients into the soil, which will help stimulate your garden.

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