4 Savvy Tips for Watering Your Garden When You’re Away

Lucy Mercer
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Heading out on the road this summer, but worried about keeping everything green? There are many solutions for watering your lawn and garden while you’re away.

First, know your plants. Can they handle a bit of neglect, or will they need water daily? Most plants need 1 to 2 inches of water each week during summer.

Second, check the weather forecast. If rain is forecast, begin your vacation without worry. If sun is forecast, give your plants a good soaking before you leave. When you’re home in a few days, your garden will be fine.

But maybe your trip is more than a few days? Consider these options to keep your garden alive.

 

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1. Soaker hose or a drip irrigation system connected to a hose timer. Drape a soaker hose around your plants, bury it under mulch and connect it to a hose timer to schedule waterings.

 

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2. Water smart. Schedule watering from your smartphone with a system like the Rachio Iro 8 Zone Wifi Intelligent Irrigation Controller. Using weather data and modern irrigation techniques, the Rachio Iro creates a custom watering plan for your yard.

 

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3. Self-watering containers have an inner reservoir that retains water and distributes it to the plants. Give your flowers a generous soaking before you leave town and let the planter do the work for you. You can also move containers to a shady portion of your porch or yard while you’re away.

 

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4. Call a kid or a neighbor. Taking care of plants and pets is a classic summertime job for children and the neighborly thing to do. Invite them over before you leave to go over the needs of the plants and show them where to find the hoses and sprayers. Return the favor when your neighbors go out of town.

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