In summer and spring, beds, hedges and lawns need to be watered regularly again. What mistakes you should avoid at all costs when watering plants.
It is not only in midsummer that flowers in the garden and on the balcony need sufficient water. Already in spring, hot temperatures can cause dry spells in the bed. Therefore, if you water your plants in spring if necessary, you will protect them from drying out. In order to optimally support the growth of flowers and crops, however, gardening enthusiasts must consider a few things when watering. Here you can find out which mistakes you should avoid at all costs - and how you can also save water with them.
Common mistakes: what you should pay attention to when watering
Already in spring it can get very warm during the day, so hobby gardeners should water plants in the morning hours if possible. © Ekaterina Yakunina/Imago
In spring and summer, most plants do not need to be watered every day. Instead of watering the bed a little every day, it is advisable to do this less often, but more extensively. Due to the constant watering, the plants only form roots very superficially. If, on the other hand, the root system extends into the deeper soil layers, the plants can better take care of themselves in an emergency.
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When watering, however, it is not only the quantity that needs to be considered. Plants can also be watered at the wrong time. Experts from Öko-Test advise gardening enthusiasts to reach for the watering can in the early hours of the morning if possible. The cooler the temperatures in the morning, the less water evaporates and seeps into the soil more easily.
Watering plants incorrectly: quantity and frequency are crucial
How much water the plants need depends entirely on the species and variety. As a general rule, plants with larger leaves can tolerate more moisture than plants with only small leaves. In shady places, water consumption is also lower than in sunny ones. Young and freshly planted flowers and shrubs, on the other hand, need fresh water more often.
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A lawn sprinkler makes perfect sense for large lawns. However, beds, hedges and vegetables should never be watered with the sprinkler. Because: When watering with a lawn sprinkler, the water only reaches the leaves superficially, and the water usually hardly or not at all reaches the roots. Wet leaves can also be very harmful to some vegetables. Potatoes or tomatoes, for example, quickly develop fungal diseases.