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Plant preventative care is an annual ritual for most gardeners. Before the climate gets too cold, or the summer heat takes hold, many gardeners pour extra water on the garden or insecticidal sprays on plants to ward off insects and diseases. Often, they even use their garden pots and planters to make all this extra care and effort a bit more attractive.
But all this extra water and spray also does an important job: It keeps plant roots moist and, thus, healthier. Plants need this extra moisture and oxygen, along with the natural nutrient content of the soil and the action of water's natural anti-bacterial properties, to fend off plant diseases and insects. A plant disease or pest infestation occurs when water and oxygen flow out of the plant, and along with the lack of the living nutrients, hormones, and bacteria, the plant becomes even more vulnerable to infection. A good garden water system can help cut down on these problems, providing plenty of water during the winter and summer and keeping it from evaporating quickly in the hot temperatures.
Garden-enthusiast.com: Sprinkling plants with water is important in winter and summer. This is because most of our home water heaters are not set to be your house’s water heater. Your best bet is to run your hose out into your garden (bouncing it against the wall of your home) when it is not being used for the toilet. Hosing your plants will help with problems with winter drought as the rain will wash the heat out of the leaves and into the garden. Most of the heat is lost through the leaves and you get back some of that by directing the water to the soil.
Plant watering and spraying can be accomplished with a number of different methods. Some gardeners make their own solutions from water, food grade oils, and other biodegradable ingredients. Another good choice is to use a sprayer, which is usually fairly inexpensive and easy to use. It is best to have a small (10-inch or less) sprayer that can be easily removed for long use, then left in place on the patio, deck, or porch where the hose can be pointed away from walls and ceilings. This sprayer should have a reservoir that holds at least one gallon and a fine-mesh filter.
One gallon of water should be enough to water your entire garden for a two-week period (this includes all you plants and anything around them). Keep this amount of water as close to a gallon as possible, although 1 ½ gallons may be needed if you live in an area that is prone to water shortages. You may wish to increase this water supply during a hot and dry summer, to account for the dry soil that can quickly burn and destroy plant roots.
Watering the lawn
Many gardeners argue that you can’t water the lawn. They say that doing so will harm the grass and disturb the bacteria and fungus in the soil. However, this is not always the case. If your lawn needs it, and has a sprinkler to help spread the water out, it will need watering. This is only in the case of when the soil is not getting enough moisture or air.
Many lawns, however, receive too much water when they need it. If you have a heavy-duty lawn sprinkler, you need to make sure the water does not drain out the top. Keeping the hose pointed up at a low angle is a better way to get more water to the roots. This will not harm the lawn, but it can help prevent the leaves from wilting or even turn yellow if they stay too wet. This method of watering the lawn will also work in cloudy and rainy weather when it is hard to tell how much water the grass needs. This is when you get the most pleasure from seeing the plants and flowers in your yard.
Rain gutters and downspouts
Many homeowners are not happy with the way their rain gutters and downspouts empty water away from the foundation of their homes. As we learned from our story above, our rain gutters and downspouts are very inefficient. The gutters themselves also look messy and ugly. Our solution was to replace the gutters with a rain barrel. This is the best way to catch and store the water while providing a decorative splashback to the patio or deck. It also allows us to have two different forms of water for our garden and lawn. One in the downspout, and the other in the barrel. By removing the gutters, we have a place for a garden hose that we no longer have to run around the foundation of our home.
We use an All-Clad outdoor kitchen faucet from the Northwoods Faucet Co. The rust-proof cast stainless steel plumbing system is maintenance-free and keeps the plumbing system rust-free. It is constructed of quality materials, and a very robust brass plumbing system (complete with a brass shower handle) and has a big handle for heavy use. The downspout has an attached hose that allows us to move this garden hose and use it in a few different places on the patio and deck.
Fireplace garden beds
If you do not want to move your garden, there are many ways to improve your garden without the need to move it. One of the best ways is to create garden beds and plant beds by using fireplaces or wood stoves as your planter. Some gardeners will use the holes in the fireplace or the shelves of the wood stove to anchor their planters. This allows them to create a beautifully designed