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Are You Over Watering Your Garden?

Take a look at your garden. You can see that it isn't doing as well as you'd hoped. The lower leaves on your flowers are turning yellow and falling off and you're loosing flowers. The plants actually look droopy and wilted even though you've been watering them faithfully. Well the truth is, you may be watering your garden too much.

Over watering your flowers and plants can be just as damaging to them as under watering. More plants die from being over watering than not being watered enough. If you notice the symptoms mentioned above, in your outside garden, or in your houseplants, you need to pay attention to how much you are watering. One simple way to see if you are over watering is to check the roots of your plant. Rotting roots are a certain indication of over watering.

Inside your home your houseplants are effected by rapid changes in room temperature. Heat is drying, but air conditioning dries out a plant too. Inside your plants may suffer from not receiving enough light. Are you regularly fertilizing your plants? If you are, are you following closely the manufacturers suggested amount of fertilizer?

As a general rule, your outside garden should receive one inch of water each week. Remember that this is a general rule and you will have to observe your garden. The amount of watering you need to do will have to be increased, or decreased based on the time of year and climate. Even as we transition from a hot and dry summer where the sun scorched your garden daily to pleasantly cool sunny autumn days your garden still needs water. Check the soil in your garden before you water. Is is dry and crumbly, or is it muddy? Think how much rain you have received the week before. If there has been a half inch of rain already this week you don't want to over water. A helpful tool to prevent over watering is a rain gauge. When you water your outside garden water it slowly so that the water will not run off. Watering slowly also helps the water to seep deeper into the roots. Water your outside garden only in the morning. Watering during the heat of day just wastes water due to evaporation. Watering at night can cause fungal growth.

Submitted by:

Mark Freeman

This article provided courtesy of http://www.garden-furniture-guide.com


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