Outdoor planters create interest, focal points and ambiance in your outdoor space. They can also increase your available gardening space. When a planter’s placement is well thought out, it can add a natural decorative touch to what may be mostly utilitarian areas of your home, such as along walkways or entranceways. If used on a back patio, for example, you can create a theme or add to an existing one by using planters that match colors or textures from patio furniture and other decorative items. Choosing the right plants to go with your décor and other patio features can create a custom, backyard oasis.
Vegetable gardens can be watered much like any of the other plants mentioned above. Possibly, the most efficient way to water is with a soaker hose, which produces a slow stream of water directly to the soil. Using a sprinkler doesn’t make as much sense for watering a garden plot, as they can waste a lot of water. A light, direct misting from a garden hose or even a watering can, depending on the size of your garden, are also good choices. A soaker hose delivers water where it’s needed — at the roots of the plant. This method usually allows the foliage to stay dry, which helps keep diseases to a minimum.
You don’t have to be an expert gardener to know that plants require water to thrive and survive. But how do you know if you’re giving them too much or too little water, or even watering your plants properly? Different types of plants, whether grass, trees, flowers, potted plants or garden vegetables, require specific amounts of water. Keep reading for tips on how to give your plants the exact amount of water they need.