When to start watering garden plants in spring – and at the best time of day

As the hotter and drier seasons of the year approach, plant watering will soon become a much more essential part of garden maintenance. Britain is very familiar with wet and gloomy weather – too much so that many often forget that regular manual watering of plants will be necessary to keep your garden blooming well, rather than relying on rain.

When it comes to watering, quality and quantity are two crucial factors for the flowering quality of your garden.

So, the more efficient and calculated you are in your watering, the better your foliage will grow.

The development of the method is also crucial for the environmental impact it poses. Water is a precious resource and we must preserve it as much as possible.

By watering plants efficiently – taking into account volumes and frequency, you can use the optimal amount to ensure your plants absorb as much as possible without wasting water.

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When should I start watering my plants?

April is well known for its showers, so frequent watering the garden doesn’t tend to be as necessary this month.

Unless there is unusually low rainfall, in which case you should start watering your garden earlier, May is the best month to up the ante with watering, as generally we experience much warmer weather. at that time.

There are a number of factors that affect how often you do this, and it can vary from size, species and growth stage to texture, structure and compaction, according to the charity of gardening Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

What time of day is it best to water my plants?

Early in the morning is the best time of day to go and water the plants because that’s when the sun comes up, which is when the plants will start to use the water.

RHS said: ‘The foliage and soil surface are also likely to stay drier longer than the evening watering, discouraging slugs, snails and moulds.

“Plants begin to transpire in sunlight, drawing water from the soil, through their roots, up their stems, and through tiny pores on their leaves called stomata.”

“Watering during the heat of the day is not a good idea as a lot of water is lost to evaporation from the soil surface and plants will use water more efficiently if watered in the cooler parts of the day. .”

However, watering in the evening is fine as it tends to be cooler, which means there is less risk of water loss through evaporation.