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Watering plants is one the most crucial aspects of gardening. The task might look pretty easy apparently. However, the reality is that there are a lot of aspects associated with watering. Let us look into them one by one.
Firstly I would like you to remember three aspects before you start gardening – the type of plants you have in your garden, the capacity of the soil of your garden to retain the moisture, the climate of the place where you reside.
The type of plants you have in your garden
Plants that come up with extensive and widespread root system, or the ones that have some extra capacity to store moisture can survive even on less water. These plants are drought tolerant and can even do without much of water. However, the non drought tolerant plants, on the other hand, would need a lot of water for surviving. Hence, the extent of water that you need to provide will depend upon the type of plants in question.
One of the most discussed gardening topics is what makes a plant infected by diseases. Or in other words, how a plant can get infected by disease? The question that pops up close to the heel of this question is that how to keep these diseases at bay, and how to keep the plants healthy.
The most important thing that needs to be understood is that the disease in plants can be kept at bay with a methodology that is known as disease prevention, which is also called disease triangle. Diseases can attack a plant as and when the combination of three things fall in place – the plant getting sick, the plant getting under an attack of a pathogen, and environmental conditions that are supportive to disease set in. If you can ward off any one of these factors, the probability of the infection is minimized by a considerable extent. Or in other words, you will be able to knock off one of these three factors that form the disease triangle. Let us discuss some of the ways in which this can be done.
You need to examine properly the plants that you are purchasing
Well, this is the easiest way to ward off diseases from your garden. You just cannot indulge in getting a diseased plant for your garden. However, here what I would like to mention is that, one of the most difficult things in the world of gardening is getting to know how a healthy and disease-free plant should look like. Here I must say that it is a huge subject, and it entirely depends upon the type of the plant in question.
Gardening in my opinion is one of the best hobbies one can practice. It is not rocket science. However, at the same time, it is not that easy a practice as well. I have learned through experience that you need to follow a certain methodology in order to grow the best produces, and for that you need to avoid a few very rudimentary, yet critical mistakes that can ruin your venture. Here are some of them.
- Under prepared Beds
This is a very common mistake that I find people ending up with, due to sheer ignorance or at times due to utter callousness and laziness. As and when the seeds or the seedlings are planted during the spring, we do this simply by digging small holes with the help of our hands or the small hand shovels, thinking that the room that we thus make will be sufficient for them. However, the fact is that when the soil subsequently dries up and becomes rock hard, the tender root tips are unable to penetrate that hard soil, leading to subsequent death of the seedling or resulting in the growth of a stunted plant thereafter. Hence, it is necessary to double-dig the garden bed and add sufficient compost and leaf mold that will make the soil loose enough for a good underground growth of the root.
The first and foremost thing that I would like you all to remember is that plants do not need much care during the winters as they do during the summers. However, it is still important to take care of them during the winter. That means you just cannot afford to neglect them. You need to water them even during the winter. Let us discuss a few things regarding watering the plants during winter.
Plants are to some extent damaged due to ice and strong wind during the winter. In many regions, you will find that precipitation of normal winter is more than enough for plants, as the cold weather ensures that there is no need of too much watering. However, one very important thing that I would like you to ensure is that the plants have adequate hydration. It helps to protect them from the harshness of winter. Let us discuss some of the steps that you need to take:
Step 1: First of all, you need to water the garden in a proper way throughout the fall. Particularly, when it comes to watering the saplings or shrubs that you have freshly planted, you need to water deeply. The idea is to give your garden a thorough watering at the interval of every two to three weeks, till the arrival of the very first frost.
Conserving water is one of the most imperative aspects of garden. This has to be done if you are to excel in the art of gardening. This is not only your duty not to use water abundantly and spoil it, but this is needed so that you never have water scarcity, which is the last thing you should encounter. There are a number of ways in which you can conserve water. However, here I shall discuss the ones that I have practiced days in and days out.
Hold Water in Water Pots; Carry Out Gardening in the Morning
It is widely believed that it is best to water the plants during the day or in the morning, as this always has a noteworthy effect on the plants so far as their growth is concerned. However, my point is that you need to make sure that after you water the plant, you are able to preserve it for a considerable period of time, as you do not have to channelize too much of water for this purpose. This is more evident if you are staying somewhere that is infamous for scarcity of water. The best way to do that is to use pots that are made up materials that have a high moisture retention capacity. That means, you need to make sure that the plants do not dry out quickly simply because all the water that you have poured have simply drained out of the pot.
As the fall sets in, it marks the arrival of autumn with the winter following just behind it. This is the time of the year where you need to pull up your socks and make your garden ready for the hard days ahead. It should make you start thinking about the lawn of your garden. With the arrival of autumn the mercury rapidly runs down and with occasional downpour, it gets even cooler, setting the perfect time for you to prepare your garden and its lawn.
I have seen a handful of homeowners who have a wrong perception that there is simply no need to turn attention towards the lawn of their garden during the fall as the grass does not grow as rapidly as the plants. This is absolutely wrong as during this time, just like the plant and other foliage, grass also keeps in absorbing all the energy, nutrients and moisture to prepare itself for the long, cold days ahead. Hence they keep in growing rapidly. So what are the steps that you can take? Here they are:
You need to continue watering and mowing your lawn as and when you need, all throughout the fall days. Then, as and when the winter approaches and sets in you need to change the blade of your mower to the lowest point and go for two more mowing sessions. This will allow more sunlight to creep in to the soil through the grass. This will drastically reduce the amount of leaf turning brown due to lack of sunlight once the winter sets in completely. I would suggest you to set the blade settings in such a way that does not trim off more than one third of the blades of the grass one at a time.
Ventilate the soil of your garden
Another thing that you need to do during fall is aerating the soil. This is an imperative task because water, oxygen, and the fertilizers are able to get to the root of the grass without any hindrance. There are different types of soil aerators available in the market and you can easily opt for the one that you will find apt for your garden.