Thursday, 21 September 2017

5 Tips to Ensure Your Lawn and Garden Get the Right Amount of Water

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:35

Growing a garden or having a great looking lawn are excellent features, whether you’re building an outdoor living space, or you just want the outside of your home to look nicer. One of the trickiest parts of getting your lawn or garden to grow properly is ensuring it gets the right amount of water. Many people, when they are first starting out, either water their plants too much, or not enough, and end up killing them. To help you out, here are 5 tips to help ensure you water everything properly.

Set Up an Automated Sprinkler

If one of the reasons why your plants are not getting enough water is because you tend to forget, then setting up an automated solution may be the best move for you. By setting up an automated sprinkler, you will have your plants or lawn watered at the same time every day, and with the same amount. It may take a little trial and error to figure out the correct settings, but once you get it down, you won’t have to worry about remembering to water your plants each day.

Using a Moisture Sensor

Sometimes, no matter how many different methods you test, you are still unsure of whether or not your soil is getting enough water. To fix this, you could use a moisture sensor. A moisture sensor is a little device that you stick in the ground - it kind of looks like a thermometer - and it tells you how much moisture is in the soil. You can use this reading to help you determine whether your soil needs more water, or less.


There are some moisture sensors
you can hook them up to your automated sprinkler. In this scenario, the sprinkler turns on any time the moisture level becomes too low, rather than at a set time. This is a great solution if you have a large area to cover, to help ensure that each spot is getting the same amount of water.

 

Ensure You Have Proper Drainage in Your Yard

One reason that your plants could be dying is that your yard does not have proper drainage. For instance, if after a rainfall, all of the water in your yard runs downhill and pools in one area, this area will become over-watered. To fix this, you could either bring in a landscaper to alter the terrain, or try and direct the water some place else.

If the water is coming off your shed for example, you could get a shed with a gutter system that directs the water to another location. Examine your home’s drainage system, and see if there are any spots that are getting too much water as a result.

 

Read Up On the Type of Plant

When you have different types of plants that you need to water, it’s important to realize that they may need different amounts. All plants are different, and they have different needs. If you do a little research, you should be able to find plenty of information online about the type of plant you are attempting to grow, and how much water it should get. This is a great place to start, rather than trying to guess, as this could easily lead to over or under watering your plants.

 

Consider the Time and Location of the Plants

Finally, there are other factors at play besides how much water you pour into the soil. For instance, if your plant is in direct sunlight most of the day, this will quickly dry up the plant, and it may need more water as a result. Or if you water your plants in the evening, when the sun is down, they likely need less water because it is cooler out. You want to take into account the time of day you are typically watering your plants, along with their location. During your research, you can also learn how much sunlight the plant needs, and when is the best time to water it.

 

Learning about the Right Amount of Water is Just a Start

Being able to correctly water your plants is an important step towards helping them grow, but there are other factors. Even if you give your plant the correct amount of water, the plant could still die if it doesn’t have enough space, it’s in the wrong kind of soil, it isn’t getting the right amount of sunlight, or it’s the wrong time of year.

Before you go out and spend a lot of money on a huge garden or bags of grass seed, you should learn all you can about the different kinds of plants you want to get, including how much you need to water them. Doing so will help your plants to thrive, and make your outdoor space look amazing.

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