The days are getting longer and hotter, and even when your plants are soaking up the occasional rain shower, their water intake may still be inadequate. If plants are not given enough water their growth may be impaired, or the flowering season reduced.
A watering can is ideal for watering pots, small areas of the garden, and for point watering specific plants and areas. Watering slowly will allow the water to sink down and not just saturate the soil.
A hosepipe can be used to water the whole garden, and is the preferred method of many gardeners. Water under the leaves of larger plants, and use a spray setting for smaller plants. Too much water pressure may dislodge soil and plans – try to avoid this.
Sprinkler systems are great for large gardens, vegetables, flower beds, and borders. Different models are available dependant on which areas you need to water. Sprinkler systems are incredibly time saving, as unlike a watering can or hosepipe, they can be left to their own devices.
Areas of the garden at a higher risk of water starvation include new additions to the garden, the vegetable garden, potted plants, and plants growing in sandy soils.
In periods of hot and dry weather it is important that plants are watered deeply, preventing starvation of the lower roots. Small amounts of water applied frequently to the surface are easily evaporated away. Deep watering should occur every seven days at a minimum, though if you find that soil several inches below the surface is dry, then water.