We have a
tendency to focus all our irrigation efforts on our flower and vegetable
gardens and sometimes tend to forget that grass is also a plant albeit a
resilient one. Subject your lawn to an extensive period without proper watering
though and it will remind you of its vulnerability by turning a sad shade of
periods in which Mother Nature is not fully taking care of the irrigation with
intermittent rain shower, we must step in. The best way to do so is armed with
a water computer, a good quality hose and the perfect sprinkler for the shape
of our lawn.
Water Computer lets you set and forget which comes in handy considering the
fact that the ideal time to water is very early in the morning to avoid the risk
of fungal disease and evaporation loss. If you are worried that you will end up
wasting precious water by irrigating on a rainy morning then adding a GARDENA
Rain Sensor will solve this problem. It will ensure that all irrigation stops
as soon as the rain drops start to fall.
If you are
in doubt as to whether your grass needs watering, here is a trick. Take a firm
step on your lawn and remove your foot. Do the blades bounce back up or do they
remain laying flat? If flat, it is time to pull out the sprinkler and let the
water drops do their magic. Letting a GARDENA Soil Moisture Sensor gauge the
need for watering can also take the guess work out of irrigation. Connect it to
your water computer and let the pair worry about when to water.
garden need to be watered a little every day? Surprisingly the answer is no.
Both lawns and gardens benefit much more from less frequent, deeper watering
sessions. This brings the water deep down below the surface encouraging the
roots to grow deep in the soil to find it.
Once down there, the root system will be better positioned to survive
any future dry spells.
are great for lawns and GARDENA has designed sprinklers to suit all shaped
lawns; rectangular, circular, square and now even any shaped curves. For flower
beds, vegetable patches and pots, hand watering is best since it allows you to
manage the exact angle of the water spray. Point your water flow towards the
base of the plants not directly on flowers and leaves since, on extremely hot
days, water droplets on leaves act like magnifying glasses. This intensifies
the effect of the sun's rays, often burning your delicate leaves. Take care
with roses too: On roses, wet leaves can lead to mildew and black spot.
protects your plants against intense heat. Spread a layer of three to five
centimetres of shredded matter such as straw, sugar cane mulch or eucalyptus
chips over the entire garden area, or just around specific individual plants. A
thin layer of grass cuttings can also be spread over garden area as long as
they do not contain grass or weed seeds. Mulch also protects bed soil from
powerful sunlight, preventing it from quickly drying out.
You need to take extra care with plants that have recently been planted.
Ensure that the soil is always sufficiently damp. It should never be completely
dry. If necessary, you can place a water ring round each plant and fill this
with water every day. A tried and tested method of watering tomato plants is to
place a plant pot made of plastic or, even better, of clay with a diameter of
13 to 15 cm in the ground right next to the plant and fill this with water
twice a day. When the weather is windy and hot, give sensitive plants extra
protection with a horticultural fleece.