Monthly Archives: March 2015
Best time of day to water plants?
I know you've thought it, but were too afraid to ask anyone. Fear not! You're in good company. We get asked that question a lot around here. "when is the best time of day to water plants?" Super easy answer - Watering in the morning is usually the preferred time. "But, what if I can't do that? I can barely get the toast and coffee in my mouth as I'm running out the door to work in the morning!" You'll be happy to know that watering any time of the day can be done, especially if you are using soaker hoses or watering with a wand. Applying the water below the foliage is the goal.
When watering is done late in the day, the foliage may remain wet overnight and thus the plants will be more likely to get fungal diseases. Morning watering is also more efficient because there will be less evaporation and the plants will be prepared for a hot day in the sun. So you see, watering isn't a big deal...as long as you DO IT!
So, you're taking a Sunday drive and come upon a grove of trees that look like they've been vandalized. The trunks have all been painted white about 6 feet up the tree! What in the world is going on here? Well, there are several reasons for white painting tree trunks.
For one , it's an effective method of reducing re-infestation of borers, etc., that either hide in trunk bark to overwinter or overwintering in soil to crawl up the tree in spring.
It is also the traditional way to protect fruit tree trunks from heat and sun is to paint them with a thick coat of lime and water. Most of the time the lime and water are heated to make the coating last longer.
This method is called whitewashing. The white paint will reflect the sunlight and thus keep the bark cooler. Some tree trunks are painted with white latex paint to prevent the killing of the bark by sudden temperature changes in late fall and winter. I have been told that adding rabbit repellent to the paint helps protect the tree from winter foraging of the bark.
And finally the white is very attractive and is often used to just make a lane attractive like the picture below!