Without water, plants wilt and die. But too much water can be as bad for plants as not enough. If land plants are submerged in water for too long, even if just their roots are submerged, they may rot or drown from lack of oxygen.
Balancing plants' water needs is like having a healthful diet. Everything should be consumed in moderation. Provide your plants with enough water for good health, but don't flood them with it.
Watering your plants involves a bit more than just throwing a sprinkler on them every other day -- although this is better than not watering them at all! Use the following tips to get the maximum benefit out of your watering efforts.
Rain gauges are also helpful when trying to determine when you have watered enough with an overhead sprinkler. Since some sprinklers apply water unevenly (more up close and less farther out), you could set several rain gauges around the garden and compare the amount of moisture each one collects. If the readings vary widely, move the sprinkler more frequently or invest in a more efficient model.
Hoses are an important tool in watering your garden and yard. Learn tips and techniques for using this equipment in the next section.
Originally posted on: TLC.com By: C. Colston Burrell