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10 Golden Watering Rules

10 Golden Watering Rules

Rule 1: Maintain uniformly moist

Most crops rely on moisture. 
However, slight drying out before watering stimulates the root development of the crops.

Rule 2: Water more rarely but then thoroughly 

In a flower bed, one or two watering sessions per week are usually sufficient: 
it is better to water more rarely but with a lot of water rather than a little water often.

Rule 3: Water late in the afternoon or early in the morning

 When the soil is cooled in the evening or at night, less water 
evaporates than on warm soil during the day. And the plants can supply enough water before the heat of the next day.

 Rule 4: Keep leaves dry.

Wet leaves become sick leaves. Kept wet overnight, leaf mold may occur.
Leaves that are moist in the sun create slight burn marks (burning glass effect of water droplets).

Rule 5: Correct amount of water

Requirement–Adequate watering means that the water must reach the roots sufficiently. Too-little water often only covers the upper part of the soil–or even does not reach the roots at all, e.g. when there is a mulch covering the soil and too little irrigation. Requirement–Adequate irrigation also means that crop plants are particularly dependent on evenly moist soil during the period up to and including their crops.

Rule 6: Water with a target but distribute

Always watering one side of the plant leads to one-sided root growth and thereby to poorer nutrient absorption in the soil. Therefore, always water around the plant and distribute in the entire irrigation area.

Rule 7: Irrigate in a way that saves water

Water as much as necessary and as little as possible. This is simplified with an automatic irrigation system with moisture sensor – in the flower bed, on the patio and on the lawn.

Rule 8: Avoid water logging

Water logging suppresses the breathing air of the roots out of the soil – the root cells drown without oxygen.

Rule 9: Use quality, clay-rich soil

Plant soil rich in clay minerals has better expanding properties and can therefore hold soil in the water better and in a more even way. In wet summers and in winter, ensure water drainage to prevent water logging.

Rule 10: Give larger water quantities in parts

Water needs a moment to seep into the soil. Before precious water in the bed flows away unused, it’s better to water repeatedly in parts.

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