to water your container garden
Did you know that
not only does how often you water your container garden affects
the health of your plants, but also how you water them? Believe
it or not, it is true.
You should avoid
watering your plants directly from the house. The pressure
from the hose can displace the soil in the containers, not
only making a mess with the potting soil all over your deck
or patio, but also leave the roots exposed which can lead
to bugs attacking the delecate root system. It can also damage
or even break delicate leaves and branches as well.
If you prefer to
water with a hose, get a special head attachment that will
allow you to adjust the pressure and size of the spray, so
you can just mist if needed, or have a minimal water flow
that mimics the spray from a regular watering can. Do be aware
that some inexpensive budget models may not allow you to start
and stop the flow of water from the handle, you will need
to run back to the tap in order to turn it off. So if you
are looking at the economy brands, do ensure that you can
turn off the water on the handle.
Watering cans also
work well for container gardens, especially if your garden
is on a balcony where you normally do not have access to an
outside water spout. If you are shopping for a watering can,
read our handy How to choose
your perfect watering can article.
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