Long Deep Watering V’s Many Shallow Waterings | Maintaining Lawns And Gardens

Long Deep Watering V’s Many Shallow Waterings | Maintaining Lawns And Gardens

As long as you use relatively tough plants and turf varieties (Types suited to Warm season, not cool season), heavy watering once a week will do the job in most parts of Australia, even in summer. Sandy soils may need more than this, but for other soil types it’s better to water heavily, a minimum of 50mm once a week.

In the cooler months you can reduce or even suspend this. The root systems of plants and turf are encouraged by long deep infrequent watering to follow the water deeper into the soil. Frequent shallow watering will encourage a shallow root system, and you end up with weaker plants and turf.

Water authorities around Australia should encourage people to water heavily with sprinklers only once a week rather than many shallow waterings with a hand held hose. I believe weekly watering would be a workable system by allowing the even numbered houses to water their gardens with sprinklers on Saturdays, and the odd numbered houses on Sundays, resulting in a big reduction in water use. click here for more gardening tips…

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