Every good gardener knows that there is a certain art when it comes to watering your plants. Too much, and you kill your plants off due to root rot. Too little, and things just dry right up! I had been growing basil in my kitchen window for a few months before this plant finally succommbed to death by root rot, and it could have been totally prevented! Here’s how you SHOULD be watering your plants.
When watering your plants, NEVER water the foliage or the leaves. This wastes water, and can help spread diseases. Instead of watering the leaves, focus the water on the roots instead. Roots need access to water, not leaves!
It should go without saying that plants should only be watered when it is needed. If your area had an especially wet couple of days, lay off on the hand watering. Use a timer if needed, they’re handy in situations like these!
Water plants in the morning so they are well hydrated throughout the day. This helps to prevent that mid-afternoon leaf slump! Also, add a layer of mulch when planting to help plants absorb and retain moisture.
Always water deeply! When watering grass, water about 6 inches into the soil. For perennials and shrubs, water down to 12 inches. Use your finger to test the water levels!