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Mornings the best time to water plants, expert says

Greenhouse and gardening enthusiasts may be interested to hear that the best time to water their plants is in the cool of the morning.

That is according to Todd Forrest, vice president for horticulture and living collections at the New York Botanical Garden, who told the New York Times that watering in the heat of the day is a bad move because the fluid evaporates.

Instead, he remarked, water plants in the morning – or even the evening – to ensure they receive as much moisture as possible.

However, it is important not to water them too late after dusk, as leaves left wet overnight can get fungal infections, Mr Forrest stated.

It is also a good idea to install a rain barrel at this time of year, as reusing rain water is better for the environment, he continued.

"One thing it doesn't make sense to water is your lawn. A lawn will always come back," the expert added.