• Aim to water plants before they are wilting. (This should not be an indication to water)
• The best time to water is in the morning or late in the day to avoid evaporation. A layer of bark mulch can stop moisture loss and help keep the soil cool. Apply a 1-inch thick layer for the best results!
• Check the soil around your plants for dampness before you water by inserting your finger a few inches into the soil.
• Watering lightly and quickly will not be enough to last the day. Ensure plants are getting a deep watering to develop healthy, strong roots. Usually every 2 to 3 days is sufficient watering. During a drought this should be increased to 1-2, especially for your precious fruits and vegetables.
• Try not to water the plant’s foliage as it can increase the risk of disease. Instead, water the base of the plant at ground level. (This technique is demonstrated in the picture on the left.)
• If you’re going away for a period of time, have someone water your plants for you.
• Dead head your flowers to reduce the water required to produce seeds.
TIP: Ensure all weeds are removed from your garden as their roots can steal valuable moisture from the soil.