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Proper watering is the most common difference between healthy and sickly gardens, over watering, under watering, water delivery and conserving water are all important considerations

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Why conserve water?

Fresh water is a finite supply, in many cities it cannot be squandered

Explosive population grow and migration to cities is causing major pressure on fresh water supplies, this is very often an unseen problem

Only 2.5 percent of the planets water is fresh 74 percent of that is in ice, 25 percent is underground and only 1 percent of the 2.5 percent is in lakes rives soil and the air

Conserving water will make fruits and vegetables more flavorful, mostly through concentrating sugars

Conserving water will reduce the spread of pollutants that may be on the ground

Conserving water ensures there is enough water for people to drink

Keys to great watering

Water softly  spraying water on your plants can cause stress and damage foliage, try to mimic light rain when you are watering

Water deeply Use a rain barrel to collect water rainwater is free of the salts and pollutants associated with ground and surface water, the temperature of rainwater is also ideal for gardens

Mostly water the dirt around plants rather then the plant foliage this will significantly reduce risk of disease, mold or fungus

Always water seedlings from below, this will significantly reduce risk of disease, mold or fungus

Create a moat around your plants, especially when planting trees or shrubs create a ring of dirt 2-3 inches high and 12- 14 inches out from the stem of the plant, this prevents water from draining away from the plant.

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How often do you need to you water?

The amount of water plants need varies vastly depending on what type of plants you’re growing, generally watering deeply and softly when a is an important guide

For most plants hold off watering again until the soil is dry

Recently planted perennials, shrubs and trees require regular deep watering for at least the first week and a half while they are getting going

After the first two years native plants will have adjusted to the conditions and will only need to be watered during droughts

Climate change caused by excessive pollution is disrupting weather conditions, often leading to longer dry spell that can even threaten native plants

Succulents should be watered once a week

Improve the amount of water your soil holds

Adding compost to the increases soils ability to hold water. Adding an inch of compost to vegetable flower and tree beds will boost the amount of organic material in your soil, decreasing the amount of time spent watering

Use mulch:  most mulch help hold water and keep soil cool and damp. Mulch also adds organic material to the soil and prevents weeds that take large amounts of water

Make sure your soil isn’t compacted. Compacted soil has hardened and will not let water in, use a cultivator or hoe to aerate the soil