Check irrigation schedule, functionality and clean filter

Summer days are long and hot, which can make for water-stressed plants if not properly irrigated. Be sure to check the schedule on your irrigation system and adjust as necessary so plants stay hydrated but not over-watered. A “smart” controller with a localized weather sensor is a water-wise way to provide just enough irrigation to your garden while keeping your water bill to a minimum. Look out for clogged drip line emitters, and take a moment to remove the filter and clean off any accumulated debris. Filters should be cleaned twice each year (more often if water contains higher than normal particulate matter). Scrubbing the filter with an old toothbrush and rinsing works very well to remove dirt and algae that may interfere with water pressure in the irrigation lines. Spend a little time to take care of your irrigation system, and you will never have to worry about watering your plants.

The best time to water your outdoor garden

As a general rule, the best time to water an outdoor garden is in the morning before the heat of the day. This allows for maximum absorption into the soil and the minimum evaporation or waste. It's important not to over-water or water late in the evening as this can lead to rot and fungal infections.