So you know how it gets all hot out during the summer and you feel like you’re constantly having to water your flowers or they look like they are ready to shrivel up and die? Especially the potted plants in your container gardens that dry out super fast.
Well, I have a super simple little trick to help you water those potted plants less frequently.
You won’t believe how simple this is!
Put rocks on your soil!
That’s right, those little smooth river pebbles that you can buy in bulk from just about anywhere (including Walmart and your local craft store).
The rocks prevent the sun from sucking the moisture out of the soil so quickly and help keep the soil cool.
Thus your soil will stay moist longer and you can water less frequently!
I actually discovered this trying to reach a different goal with the rocks, which also worked by the way.
I would get annoyed when I would water my potted plants and dirt would splash everywhere from the stream of water from my watering can. So messy! Especially with the indoor potted plants. Plus it made indentions in my soil which I was not particularly fond of.
By adding the rocks, the dirt splashing and indentions were gone!
Then I realized that I wasn’t needing to water as frequently because the rocks were keeping the soil moist longer.
There is also one more benefit to using these rocks in your potted plants:
It will prevent the squirrels from digging in them!
I have never had a squirrel dig in one of my potted plants that had rocks.
However, it will not stop them from eating what is in your pot (see above) if that is what they are after.
I keep a collection of these river rocks and use them in all of my small and medium-sized potted plants.
The large pots I have are typically pretty efficient at keeping themselves hydrated for several days.