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5 Things You Need to Know About Watering Your Garden

Lucy Mercer
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Next to getting adequate sunlight, sufficiently watering your plants is the most important key to gardening success in the warm spring and summer months. Here are five things you need to know.

1. Newly installed plants require a lot of water initially. This is why it’s recommended to plant shrubs and trees in fall. Planting during the rainiest times of the year gives plants the best start without giving you a shocker of water bill. 



2. Don’t forget to water trees — even mature trees during times of stress. Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses make this easy.



3. Timing is everything. Nighttime watering may promote disease. Water in early morning or early evening so that plants get the most water. A hose timer makes it simple to automatically water your garden.



4. Established plants will need more water less frequently, while new plants need less water more often. Try not to overwater new plants. It prevents the roots from growing deeper to seek more water. Generally, vegetables need about an inch of water each week during the growing season.



5. A blanket of mulch will help retain moisture and make your watering efforts go further. It also keeps weeds down and keeps plant roots cool.


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