The Mystery of Watering Solved!

July, 2018

Watering, one of the great gardening mysteries. Too much, and you're welcoming in fungi, bugs, and root rot. Not enough, and wilting and a weak root system are inevitable. Wilting plants, blisters, lesions, and limp brown or yellow leaves are all signs of overwatering. Signs of under watering include dry brown leaves and cracked earth.

Skip the guessing game, and perfect your watering skills with these tips.

General Watering Tips

  • Water your plants and note the date, then wait. Upon the first signs of wilting, water your plants and note the date. Count the days between watering and subtract one day to calulate how many days you should wait between watering.
  • Water fully and in as few intervals as possible, so that you can reach the plant's roots.
  • Water early in the morning when the sun is weakest, the ground is cool. Foliage will have time to dry before the sun is at full force (this protects the plants from wilting in the afternoon heat). If mornings aren't manageable, try watering in the late afternoon, so that the foliage has time to dry before the sun goes down to prevent fungal diseases.
  • Do not water ground plants or container plants with a wide stream, you want to avoid soaking the foliage.

Container Watering Tips

  • Check for drainage, and add more holes if needed. Our Ariana planters allow you to punch out drainage holes as needed.
  • Water directly at the base of the plant. Avoid wetting the leaves, which encourages fungus.
  • If the soil is dry 3-4 inches deep, it is time to water.
  • If your plants are indoors, give them rainwater periodically to add nitrogen and other elements to their diet.
  • Pick up your container every day. As you get used to the weight of the planter, you'll realize when it's light and in need of water.

Vegetable Watering Tips

  • Water the base of the plants with a hose or watering wand to avoid water waste. Watering close to the root will also help avoid possible disease from wet foliage.
  • Squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes are very vulnerable to fungi and other diseases, so be careful to not cover their foliage in water.
  • Create reservoirs with sunken plastic pots. Burry plastic planters with drainage holes next to any thirsty plants.

Lawn and Grass Watering Tips

  • Lawns need about an inch of water per week, which takes about 90 minutes with a sprinkler. A good way to gauge an inch of water is to set out an empty tuna fish can. When it's full, you know you've watered that area effectively.
  • Place your watering system close to the ground to avoid losing water to evaporation.
  • Water shrubs and trees directly at their base every 7-10 days.
  • Avoid watering on windy days; that's a sure way to lose water.