Britain is set to be bathed in sun over the coming months, which can be both a blessing and a curse to your garden. After one of the coldest winters on record, your plants will need lots of care and attention in the run up to Summer to ensure that they stay healthy and hydrated until Autumn.
Watering is fundamental to keeping a good garden as the weather warms up. Watering your garden heavily once or twice a week is preferable to multiple smaller waters as it encourages your plants to stretch their roots deeper into the soil, allowing them to absorb more nutrients.
Our top tip for summer gardening is to water in the morning or evening and not in the heat of day. Watering when it is cooler reduces water evaporation and allows your plants to make the most of the water you provide them. You should always water at the base of the plant and not from the top as keeping your plant’s leaves dry helps to prevent common garden diseases such as blight, leaf spot and powdery mildew, among other ailments. To make sure you hydrate the soil enough you should water at the base, let that water sink in and then water again so that it gets deep down into the roots. To water hedges, trees and large shrubs you should leave a hose trickling around the base for an hour.
Moisture meters are a great way to gauge the moisture content of your soil and can be calibrated to the ideal moisture level for your specific soil. If you’re more of a low-tech gardener, a finger can work just as well.
Soaker hoses or ‘drip irrigation’ are great pieces of kit for the modern garden and if correctly automated, can eliminate the need to manually water your plants whilst providing an even, deep penetration. To automate your garden, a timer can be added to water your plants at a specific time of day. It is important, however, to ensure that you are not over or underwatering your plants, so it’s a good idea on to check your plants daily at the height of summer to prevent any damage.
Our final tip is to mulch mulch mulch! Mulch reduces the amount of water that gets evaporated in the heat and can add some additional nutrients, depending on the type of mulch. Shredded leaves, good quality wood chips and straw are all good organic mulching methods, but specialised plastics can also be used.
Aquarius manufactures The Soaker Hose, the market leading product within the root irrigation market in the UK and internationally. Soaker Hose is a flexible porous rubber pipe which sweats when placed in or on top of the soil, where it acts as a wick. The capillary action of the soil draws water from the pipe, which replaces water used by trees, plants, crops etc. This action delivers water, oxygen and nutrients uniformly through the soil directly to the roots and is perfect for larger, harder to water plants.
The hose comes in a variety of diameters offering varying watering rates to suit your garden layout. The budget Soaker Hose offers a watering rate of 2.4 litres per hour per metre and comes in varying lengths from 7.5m to 100m. Aquarius also offer a wider Soaker Hose called the Pro Bore, a great addition to any garden, but mainly used by industrial growers for watering across long distances. All our hoses are manufactured to high-quality, giving peace of mind to all users from home gardeners to professional landscapers.