Nothing sets an enchanting mood quite like the visual spectacle that is a properly taken care of garden and landscape. Nature provides the most arresting paints and palettes, and it is up to proper gardening to maintain the masterpiece.
From verdant lawns and glittering gardens, all plant life requires expert watering know-how. Check out these five tips to keep your scenery edenic.
1. Sprinkler Management
Sprinklers are superb tools to help maintain regular watering of your garden. Easy customization allows you to control and adjust watering schedules to optimize garden growth and minimize water waste.
Regularly inspect your sprinkler system for leaks, clogs, or other wasteful danger areas. Losing even a little water will impact both your garden and your water bill. Additionally, avoid having your sprinkler water your pavement or sidewalk. It’s an obvious but effective way to reduce waste.
Make sure to schedule your irrigation system and adjust it regularly. Changing seasons, unexpected weather conditions, landscaping changes, and other factors affect this schedule.
2. Know Your Plants
Every individual tree, shrub, flower patch, or vine has individual needs to be taken care of. Some require surprisingly litter water, and others require significantly more.
Keep out an eye out specifically for your shaded plants. If they are shaded by man-made structures, then shouldn’t, on average, require much more water than those that are not.
Plants shaded by trees, however, will need an extra batch of TLC (tender, loving care), a.k.a water. Anything situated next to a tree is going to have immediate competition for root real estate, and is certain to need more water than usual.
3. Lawn Considerations
With great power comes great responsibility. Likewise for great lawns.
The average lawn requires at least one inch of water per week to properly thrive. The most efficient way to ensure this is to install a comprehensive sprinkler system.
Opt for pulsating sprinklers instead of oscillating ones. The primary difference lies in trajectory. Oscillating ones aim more upward, leaving the water more at risk to wind gusts. Additionally, set your timer to water in the morning; less water evaporates then.
4. The “Dirt” on Soil
Every single type of soil, whether it’s for an intimate garden or a spacious lawn, has varying hydration needs.
Properties situated on new developments typically lose much of the topsoil, making the remaining earth very hard. Water in the ground in batches. Use the sprinklers for a little bit, stop and let the water enter the ground, and resume.
Sandy soils require more watering; clay and loamy soils require less.
5. The Four Seasons
The affect of changing seasons all depends on geographical location. Some locales experience more drastic weather and temperature conditions during the summer and winters; others do not.
On average, gardens and lawns require more watering during the summer. Water evaporates much more quickly with higher temperatures, and the lacking hydration can be detrimental to your landscape.
Fall and spring seasons require less water, although that does depend on the temperature. Winters with freezing temperatures and snow require no watering. Winters in tropical climates, however, align similarly with the spring and fall seasons.