Knowing when and how to best water your plants not only will result in healthy gardens but also saves money and reduces unnecessary water use, a must in many urban areas where water rationing is becoming more of a reality. In the summer months, paying attention to watering is crucial to a beautiful space in the garden or lawn.
Water in the summer during the early morning or later evening hours. Only water during the hottest part of the day if your plants looked distressed in containers. Watering in the hot sun can cause damage to some fragile-type plants and results in the loss of water through evaporation. Containers may need watering more than once a day. Annuals need water daily, while perennials can go a longer time without watering. Your perennial flowers will establish stronger root systems if forced to search for water--a daily sprinkling can cause shallow roots which spell disaster over winter.
Set up a soaker hose through your garden center to maximize the water coverage to the root system. Not only will this again reduce evaporation potential but will keep flowers looking great by keeping blooms dry.
Mulch gardens with bark mulch or straw to help retain moisture in your soil. Again, this protects your water investment from evaporating in the hot summer heat.