By midsummer, the heat is on. Depending on where you live, keeping your landscape looking good during the hottest months of the year can take some extra planning. In regions without summer rainfall, soils dry out and non-native garden plants often need more moisture. When and how you water garden beds makes a difference in keeping plants healthy. Read on for our 10 best practices of summer watering.
1. Water when it’s cool out. Cut water loss through evaporation by watering early in the morning or in the evening once temperatures drop. If a plant or bed is wilting, you can top up with a midday water. Avoid overhead sprays, if you can, as water droplets left on the leaves can make plants more susceptible to plant diseases and can act as mini magnifying lenses during the hottest parts of the day to cause sunburn spots.