Summers in Philadelphia can be extremely hot and watering is an important part of caring for your urban jungle. The best way to water your plants is to water a few times a week with a long slow drink at the soil level in the morning. In the morning more water goes to your plant and less water evaporates. Watering at the soil level also conserves water by getting water to the roots where it is needed and not on the leaves of your plant which can promote sunburn and disease. Greensgrow stocks drip irrigation systems that make easy work of responsible watering.
You can conserve water by capturing rainwater from your roof and diverting it into a rain barrel. This helps our water system in 2 ways. You are diverting storm water runoff from going directly into our city’s over-taxed sewer system and you are using more of the rainwater nature provides on your plants and less water from our reservoirs. Check the Philadelphia Water Department website for rain barrel workshops.