Watering the Garden should be a straightforward chore but many people worry that their plants may be getting either too much or not enough. In fact, it is easy to do but there are a few things to know so you get the best results and not waste resources.
There are three things about your yard you should consider to know just how much watering you should be doing. One is the types of plants you have in your garden, two is the type of soil they are growing in, and three is the type of climate they are exposed to.
A basic rule to follow when watering is to do a couple of deep waterings a week, using a total of an inch or two of water. However, this really depends on just what type of soil you have. A clay soil is going to hold the water, so this watering pattern works because the clay takes awhile to dry out. If you have sandy soil, you may have to do shallower and more frequent watering because sandy soil dries out very fast. If you can add peat to your sandy soil when you prepare it for planting, that will help retain the moisture for longer periods. Adding a good mulch to your garden does this too.
The weather and adjust your watering accordingly. If the weather has been especially hot and dry, your plants will need more water than usual. The opposite will happen if you have had above normal rainfall.
Do some research about your plants to be sure you are meeting their watering needs. Generally, container plants, large plants and new ones all need daily watering. Shade plants and some succulents only need to be watered a couple times a week.
All plants should only be watered in the early morning or evening so there is less evaporation.