If you have not started regularly watering your plants yet, they really need a drink. After a really hard winter, the last few weeks have been dry and we are now, at last, experiencing warmer temparatures. Now is the time to plan your watering regime.
I thought it would be worth just reminding you of our watering guidelines.
If you have porous pipe or leaky hose as it can be called, then run this until the ground is moist. Once the ground is moist, then two hours of watering per week should be sufficient during a dry spell.
If you water by hand, water your plants either in the morning or the evening when they are no longer in full sun. Use a hose with a fine spray attachment and water at the base of the plant, giving a good soaking.
For hedges, it is worth installing porous pipe and bark mulch. Soil under bark mulch tends to dry up around eight weeks later than unprotected soil in a dry spell.
In general, it is better to give your plants a good soak occasionally rather than watering lightly every day as this just tends to bring the roots to the surface.
Large specimen trees, shrubs, conifers and laurel hedges like a spray down in the late evening when the weather is very warm.
You can check your soil by taking some and squeezing it in your hand. It should bind together and hold if the level of moisture is correct.