Articles on Watering

Watering

By Kev Bailey, United Kingdom


Bonsai masters widely accept this skill as being one of the most difficult to learn. Too much water tends to rot the fine feeder roots and too little dries them out. One thing is certain, if you don't get it right you will certainly harm and possibly kill your trees.
The reasons for this apparently simple task being so tricky, are manifold:-Different species have different requirements. e.g. Willows and Alders require a constant supply, Pines need to be kept much more on the dry side.
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Irrigation

By Kev Bailey, United Kingdom


This year we've been blessed with heavier than usual rainfall but in years when water conservation measures are necessary, gardeners take the brunt of media attention. This despite the fact that a relatively small proportion of all domestic water is used for our gardens. Hose pipe bans, water meters and requests to conserve water should motivate us all to collect rain water in a water butt or tank.
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