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Water as a wonderful, life-sustaining element. Despite knowing this, many gardeners are liable to experience a number of problems that are caused by water. That incredible substance that gives life and encourages growth can actually be a source of numerous issues. If you want to ensure that you have a pleasant gardening experience, you’re going to need to master your usage of water. Below, we’ll look at the most common problems that gardeners experience with water, and provide a few tips to ensure you’re able to avoid the same mistakes.
Hard hose sprays
An outdoor tap is generally an excellent idea for a gardener; if you don’t yet have one, then it’s worth calling a few plumbers for a quote on installation. When you have your outdoor tap, you’ll do what every gardener does: attach a hose and use it to water your plants during try spells. However, this can be become problematic if you use a heavy or hard spray setting — in worst case scenarios, the hardness of the spray can disturb the roots of more delicate plants. If you want to use a hose to water your plants, then use it on the weakest possible setting or better yet, make your own sprinkler for the optimal simulation of rainfall.
Not enough water
Perhaps the most common mistake for all gardeners is not supplying enough water to your plants. This is a particularly pertinent issue during the summer months, when the heat of the sun causes ground water to evaporate; if this isn’t replaced by adequate rainfall (either from a natural source or your new homemade sprinkler!), then you’ll quickly experience very thirsty plants. The best way to avoid this is to schedule a time of day when you water your plants. Sometime in the early morning, or evening is the best idea, as this helps to ensure that the water you add won’t just immediately evaporate in the heat of the sun.
Too much water
Given how important water is to a garden, many gardeners seem to believe that it’s impossible to have too much of a good thing. This isn’t true; plants can, and do, drown. Too much water is just as bad as not enough water, so gardeners have to walk a fine line to ensure their plants get a “Goldilocks” amount of water. The only way to do this is to research each individual plant you have and learn about its preference regarding water. Some plants are more than happy to go unwatered for a number of days; others need constant watering to thrive. It’s therefore essential to learn about the needs of each plant individually, then plan a watering schedule to suit these requirements.