Good news is all are easily avoidable or fixable
FIX: Water only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, and adjust your watering schedule based on the specific needs of your plants.
MISTAKE #2: Watering at the wrong time: Watering during the hottest parts of the day leads to rapid evaporation, and your plants won't get the moisture they need.
FIX: It's best to water early in the morning or in the late afternoon when the sun is less intense and temperatures are cooler.
MISTAKE #3: Shallow watering or watering too frequently: Watering too shallowly doesn't encourage deep root growth, which can make plants more susceptible to drought stress and wastes water.
FIX: Instead of frequent light watering, provide a thorough soaking to ensure the water reaches the deeper roots where it's needed most.
MISTAKE #4: Ignoring Plant Needs: Different plants have different water requirements. It's important to group plants with similar watering needs together to ensure that they receive the appropriate amount of water.
FIX: Pay attention to the plant's specific requirements and adjust your watering regimen accordingly.
MISTAKE #5: Using the Wrong Tools: The type of watering tool you use matters. Overhead sprinklers can waste water through evaporation and can also encourage the growth of fungal diseases. Most plants do not grow well when watered from overhead.
FIX: Soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems are more efficient options as they deliver water directly to the soil around the roots.
MISTAKE #6: Planting in the wrong season: Planting trees and shrubs in late spring or summer doesn't give them proper time to establish a root system before the heat of summer. Or planting cool season vegetables like snap peas and lettuce in the heat of summer and throwing a lot of water at them to get them to grow is a recipe for failure.
FIX: Plan ahead, and plant when it's best for the plant. For example, fall tends to be cooler (less heat stress) and less windy, resulting in soil that doesn't dry out as quickly. This means plants can focus on root growth which requires less watering. Read seed packet instructions for 'best planting time' and follow those instructions for best success.
Remember that the specific watering needs of your plants will depend on factors such as the type of plant, the soil type, local climate, and weather conditions. Regularly monitoring your plants and the moisture levels of the soil will help you avoid these common watering mistakes and ensure that your garden thrives during the summer months.