Everything on earth needs water to survive . that’s why water is very vital for all the aspects of life . one of the main roles of water is growing plants . so , it is very important to make sure to use suitable water for gardening and watering the plants .
Hard water contains large amounts of salt and bicarbonates which are the reason of many issues related to water usage in all aspects .
For plants, hard water causes a layer of salt and calcium carbonate to form on the soil , the leaves & the roots which will eventually begin to prevent the water to reach to the plant and repel water away . When scale covers the leaves, they have a harder time collecting sunlight. Also Plants’ ability to gather nutrients from the soil will be reduced .
In addition to that , Hard water usually has a higher pH level, which means it is basic , when basic hard water is used with acidic or acid loving plants that might cause distress to the plant & the plant will grow yellow pale leaves .
Hard water can sometimes result in additional deposits of salt into the soil. Which will provide the plant with higher amounts of food more than its needs , which will probably result in an imbalance in the soil nutrients & can cause some changes to the plants . Hard water may also impact the equipment used for gardening plants , where you will see a white chalky buildup on the surfaces , the buildup might result in clogging the equipment .
A house water filtration or a water softener system could solve all of these problems and many more as soft water is safe to give to your plants, but you can also mix it with rainwater collected in a water barrel in order to dilute your softened water & give more benefit to your plants as rainwater has the proper pH for plants to thrive. Also The lack of minerals in softened water will not harm the garden.
In conclusion , choosing the type of water you use for your plants making sure your plants receive healthy environment is very important & life changing to your plants and your garden.