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Toronto Landscaping Tips: Watering your Plants in the Summer

Whether it’s just your lawn or an entire garden, a hot and dry summer means you’re going to need to water your plants regularly to keep them in good condition. But there’s more to watering your plants than simply tossing water at them or turning on the sprinkler.

For example, timing your watering can make a huge difference in how effective it is. Turning on your sprinkler in the evening or before sunrise will minimize the amount of water lost to evaporation. Water on warm plant leaves also creates an ideal home for mold and other pests.

In a garden, you can also add a layer of mulch to the ground to help absorb water as it comes in and provide much needed relief from the hot sun for your plants. Keep an eye on so-called “indicator” plants to see where you stand; water-rich plants like cucumbers and squash will wilt first if you’re running dry and can give you a heads up that you need to water more often or more heavily.

If you decide to use a sprinkler rather than hand watering, be sure you’re getting proper coverage. If you need more than one sprinkler, your goal is “head to head” coverage, meaning the spray from any given sprinkler should reach all the way to the head of the next sprinkler.

Don’t over-water! Three times a day, for four minutes each time, should provide ample water for most lawns and gardens. Any more than that and you’re asking for pests, mold, and drowned out plants.

Proper watering is essential for a quality lawn, but it’s not the only thing. If you’re ready to to spruce up your back or front yard, feel free to give us a call at (647) 955-8382 or send us a note by clicking right here.

Image credit: Hofstetter Landscaping

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