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Best Practices for Watering Yards and Gardens

By: Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Outreach Specialist

Proper watering of your plants can help them grow well and prevent problems. In this video, you will learn about the water requirements for most plants, how proper watering practices can prevent plant diseases, and different ways to conserve water for your yards and gardens.

How much water plants need is based on the type of plant and what type of soil they are planted in. This is why it is important to group plants with similar watering needs together. Using proper watering techniques, such as watering at the base of your plants, and consider the slope and soil type when watering. Plants in containers dry out faster and more frequently due to their limited root zone and soil availability. Other best practices of watering your yard and garden include watering at the right time of day, as well as techniques for water conservation, such as improving soil, mulching, and using drip irrigation or micro irrigation.

Best Practices for Watering Yards and Gardens (Link to YouTube)

Additional information can be found at the following resources:

University of Minnesota Extension , Planting and Growing Guides, Watering,

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