We all grow up knowing plants need soil, sunlight and water, but we often don’t realize the importance of consistently watering flowers. A lack of moisture can cause a flower garden to wilt and produce very few – if any – blooms. Overwatering flowers can cause disease and the drowning of plants. Whether you have annuals, perennials or flowering shrubs, knowing the best way to water these plants is key to a showy abundance of blooms that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Resist the urge to give flower gardens a little drink whenever you feel like it. Flower gardens require only 1 inch of water each week (including rainfall). Learn how often you should water flowers in your garden by looking at the soil. For fast draining soil, a ½ inch of water over two sessions is a good rule of thumb. Heavier clay soils perform well with one watering session per week.
Wondering when to water flowers? The best time to water flowers is in the morning between the hours of 6-10 a.m. The cooler weather reduces evaporation and helps the water stay where you need it – with the plant.
It can be hard to determine how much water your garden is getting. You may be unsure about the output of a garden nozzle or sprinkler.
Placing a rain gauge in your garden will help keep track of how much water the garden is getting each week. Don’t have a rain gauge? No problem – a straight-sided container and a ruler can give you the same information. Use it to keep track of rainfall and to determine the output of your sprinklers and nozzles.
Knowing when to water flowers in hot weather or times of drought can be tricky. If you feel your flowers aren’t getting enough moisture, check the top 3 inches of soil. It should be consistently moist. You may need to increase your watering schedule to maintain moisture.
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