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Fresh water is our most precious resource. Gardeners know how much water is necessary to keep those plants healthy. Municipal water is shockingly cold and full of chemicals detrimental to plants. Temper water for at least 1 day before watering. Better yet- collect rain water that is naturally soft and pre-tempered!
Whenever possible, water at the root zone early in the day to prevent foliar diseases. Form divots in the soil to prevent run-off. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses, watering tubes or bottles direct water to the roots. Watering long and deep develops healthy root systems that keep plants hardy.