In July, you'll probably need to start watering your garden and landscaped areas more regularly. When and how you water can make a big difference in the health of your plants. Remember that in general, new plantings and vegetable gardens need about one inch of water per week. An established garden can get by with less, usually much less. New plantings need more frequent, shallower waterings. Established gardens need less frequent, deeper waterings. Remember to water into autumn so the plants don't go into winter too dry. A two inch layer of mulch will help keep the soil moist. Water in the early morning or late evening.
Hand watering is good for any type of garden. You can direct the water to the base of the plant. This allows for less waste, less splattering (which can aggravate disease spores in the soil) and forces you to be observant in your garden. If you use a sprinkler, make sure all areas are getting water evenly. Taller plants can shield shorter plants from receiving enough water. Placing a can in various locations can let you know how much water plants are receiving. Follow these simple, but sometimes forgotten, watering rules and you'll grow as a gardener.