Watering The Gardens During The Summer

January 29 2016

Water is one of the foremost essentials on the minds of most gardeners, but it can yet be a very confusing subject. All good gardeners would like to know, when and how much should they be watering in the garden during the summer. We will discuss some of the really smart ways to do that without much stress, especially for conditions like those that exist in Geelong.

Schedule watering the garden by the week:

As a general rule of thumb: plants require 1 inch of water every week, which can be from any source.

Of course, the changes in weather do create certain exceptions to the rule. The standard rule is 1 inch of water when the daytime temperatures are in the mid 20 degrees centigrade, which is how it normally is in Geelong. If temperatures rise to the 40s, you would need to double the amount of water to approximately 2 inches per week and add to it in case of a persistent heat wave. You can adopt the following methods to keep track of the water supplied to the plants.

  • Set aside a particular day of the week that you might prefer to water the garden and suitably adjust the 1-inch watering regimen depending on the weather for the week that you would have experienced.
  • Are you expecting cloudy days or sunny days in this week? Moisture is known to evaporate out of the soil relatively quickly on the sunny days.
  • Are you expecting the windy days or still days during this week? Windy weather can cause the moisture in the soil to evaporate much more quickly as well.
  • Are you expecting warm nights or cooler nights this week? Cooler weather during nights can retard the evaporation process.

Some gardeners may prefer to keep a handwritten or an electronic garden journal that might be a very helpful tool to keep track of the rainfall and also the weather conditions during the week.

Water deep, not necessarily daily.

One of the most common mistakes, committed by even some seasoned gardeners, is to water in excess. The best way to know that you are limiting yourself to the 1-inch rule for watering is to measure the water and also to check the soil on a regular basis.

Also, just as a steady, long, and a soaking rain is preferable for the soil as compared to many sprinkles of water, infrequent and deep watering is the better option for maintaining your garden rather than a quick and daily superficial supply of water.

Keep on the lookout for plants that might appear to be needing watering.

Plants need significant amounts of water. Almost 50% of a woody plant and as high as 80% or even more of an herbaceous plant is just water.

You should try to water the plants early in the morning to enable the tissues to fill out sometime before the heat of the day begins to build up and also to be able to discourage the bacterial and fungal growth that might happen overnight.