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10 Golden Watering Rules

10 Golden Watering Rules

Rule 1. Maintain the area uniformly moist

Plants rely on moisture hover allowing the area to dry slightly before watering again stimulates growth of the roots.

Rule 2. Water thoroughly and less frequent 

A good soaking once or twice a week is a good middle ground and provides the best environment for growth.

 

 Rule 3 : The best time of day to water is in the late afternoon or in the early morning.

The cooler soil in the evening and morning means there is less evaporation allowing more efficient watering.

Rule 4: Keep leaves dry

Wet leaves overnight can cause leaf mould and during the day leaves which have moist leaves also have the chance of getting burnt by the magnifying 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 waterlogging

Waterlogging 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 waterlogging.

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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