Gardening expert shares watering hack to ‘combat evaporation’ and keep pests away

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You may have noticed your plants are drinking a lot more water amid the UK’s hot weather. Plants lose a lot of water everyday through the process of evaporation from the soil. One of the ways to reduce evaporation is to make sure the soil isn’t as exposed to the atmosphere.

Alice also suggested using hydrogels which are similar to sponges.

They hold a lot of water and then release it gradually into the soil when the plant needs it.

You can purchase water gel crystals from Wilko for £4 or Amazon for around £5.

The water-jelly granules can last for around four to five years but they do come with their own problems.

The gardening expert said the best way to water your plant is to simply water them yourself.

She added: “It’s all about compromise and doing a little bit of what works for you at the end of the day.

“Your plants are all different so make sure that you test before you water and you should be just fine.”

Wherever your plants are, the way to work out if they need a drink is the knuckle test.

Simply push your finger into the soil up to the knuckle – if it feels dry at the tip of your finger it’s time to water, but if it’s still damp then you can leave them.

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