Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Time Out on Watering

juillet 10

It is easy to forget that you’re watering a lawn or garden, especially when you’re using a soaker hose or drip irrigation, because you can neither hear or see the water. Even with a sprinkler that does make a noticeable sound, it’s easy to get distracted and to forget to turn it off. And that’s not good, as overwatering is wasteful, expensive and even harmful to plants.

That’s why is is always wise to add a timer to any type of irrigation system. It will simply turn the water off at the end of a session. The least expensive and easiest to use models are manual timers: you simply adjust the dial to X number of minutes and off you go. The water will turn off automatically. That’s all you need if you live in a climate where watering is only needed on an occasional basis. If you do need to water regularly, you can get a programmable timer and set it up so it waters at whatever frequency is suitable for your needs.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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