KEEPING your garden plants looking at their best can be a chore, especially during the summer months when they need more watering.
But one gardening expert has warned that there is a right time and a wrong time to give your plants a watering, if you don't want to put them at risk.
You should be watering your garden first thing in the morning, according to Factory Direct Hose gardener Melanie Evans.
This permits the water to seep into the soil and evaporate slowly.
“Unless you water with a drip-irrigation system, avoid watering in the evening," Melanie told The Delite.
"Plants often remain wet throughout the entire night when watered in the evening, which is a recipe for plant disease.”
Melanie also suggested you let your hose run for a few seconds before watering your lawn or allowing your children to drink from it.
This will keep the water from being excessively hot or cold.
By doing this, you can avoid scorching your plants, or shocking the roots with too cold water.
“This will wash out water that has been sitting stagnant in your hose, and also prevent you from scalding your plants with hot water,” she explained.
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Watering your plants with aspirin repels bugs and prevents rot and disease, according to Sawinery founder Robert Johnson.
One aspirin in four liters of water is all that is required.
As previously reported, a North Carolina gardener known online as GrowYoFood has advised against over-watering seedlings after they sprout.
"You can't water them like a houseplant and you can't keep spritzing them like you had before because they will mold," she explained.
"Don't water them from the top and wait for the water to drip through."
The water will just pool at the top and will not reach the soil in the middle and bottom, where the roots should grow.
During the summer, gardening expert Joseph Clark recommends watering container plants every day, which he says can be done with an old plastic bottle and a cotton bud.
When it comes to growing fruit and vegetables, Clark recommends using empty toilet paper tubes.
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Other tips to a successful garden include using placing coffee grounds in your soil to repel pests.
Gardeners can also block weeds using old newspapers.
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