Every yard and garden should have a rain gauge. Whether it’s large or small, decorative or simply functional, it’s important to know how much water Mother Nature has delivered. For most established plants, an inch of rain every seven days is the ideal. When a Northeast garden gets that amount of rain you don’t need to water unless the plants are newly germinated or planted.
A rain gauge gives us valuable information because if recent rainfall has been an inch or more you can leave your irrigation off and the sprinklers in the shed for the next ten days in cool weather, and five to seven days in very hot weather. Be in the know, and gauge your rain!