Do One Thing: Water In The Morning Or Evening.

David Quilty

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August 26, 2009
water garden

This weeks Do One Thing is about watering your plants, trees, and lawn. If you live in an area where you need to do some watering, please be sure to water either early in the morning or very late in the afternoon. Watering in the middle of the day leads to more evaporation than watering, wasting our most precious resource. Better yet? Install a rain barrel to collect rainwater AND water in the morning – no usage of drinking water and little evaporation!


  1. Every Master Gardener will tell you the same thing! Water before 10:00 am and never in the hottest part of the day. Not only will you have problems with mold and virus’ but you can actually burn the plant leaves and damage the plants or garden permanently. Best to water early morning and use your rainwater out of your rain barrels and watch those plants grow faster!
    Be sure to keep your gutters squeaky clean if you are using them to channel rainwater into a rain barrel. The cleaner the gutter the cleaner you water. Keep your rain barrel covered to prevent an infestation of mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus.
    Best wishes to all “happy harvester” of rain water and be safe and stay well. “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled and God Bless America!

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