How to Water Your Garden Efficiently

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Regardless of the size of your garden, you will want to water it efficiently. At one time there was not a good way to do that, but now there are a number of ways to do it that will save you both time and money. No longer do you have to use an inefficient hose or watering can with a nozzle that will take up time, waste lots of water and not always be sure to reach the roots. As it is the roots that need the water anyway, it is vital that the water gets there and installing a garden irrigation system is an ideal way to do this.

To maximize the productivity of your garden you should look into garden irrigation systems, and nowadays there is a large variety of these to choose from. If you are away from home quite a bit, there are even timer configurations for the system so the plants can still be watered while you are away. Perhaps most efficient of all is a system of hoses buried close to the roots of the plants to soak them well, where the water will come out as the system can be turned on or connected to a timer.

No one will want to waste time or money watering the garden so it is good to know that many companies supply systems that will water the garden efficiently. Garden irrigation supplies can be fitted to suit any size garden and to work on either flowers or larger areas such as the lawn. You will certainly notice the difference in the amount of water that you use, and you will be doing your bit for the environment by growing plants and vegetables using less water. You will also be giving yourself extra spare time as you will need to put in very little effort.

If it is flowers that you want to water efficiently, it will be a good idea to get a soaker garden hose. Although they work with all plants, they are particularly useful with young and small flowers as there is no chance of them receiving too much water if you set up your irrigation system correctly. There is no need to use the hose as it is buried next to the flowers and plants roots and slowly releases water to them as and when they need it. By following the instructions when fitting and using the garden irrigation system, you will have a very productive garden, and you will have put far less effort into maintenance.

Soaker Hose Irrigation System for a Vegetable Garden

Soaker hoses are excellent tools that help in watering your plants since it lets water seep into the soil immediately near the roots of your plants. This lessens water waste and keeps water from wetting the leaves which could lead to disease and pest problems. Below are some easy steps to install a soaker hose irrigation system in your vegetable garden.

  1. Along the edge of your vegetable garden, set-up the garden irrigation hose by measuring out 13 mm of it so that it’s at the head or foot of your rows. Make sure leave a small amount at one end and blank it off while leaving a larger amount the other end to allow for hose fitting.
  2. Cut the hose between every second row and put in a 13 mm “T” joiner and make sure that they are pointing down.
  3. Use cable ties or hose locks to secure the hose onto the fittings once all of the “T” joints have been connected.
  4. Soaker Hose Irrigation System for a Vegetable Garden
  5. Take a soaker hose and measure it along with your garden row and leave a little extra amount. Remember to remove the garden hose fitting and set it aside.
  6. Blank off one end of the soaker hose at the far end of the irrigation hose. Do this by folding the soaker hose over itself then put a cable tie to blank it off.
  7. Attach the soaker hose to the “T” joint and it should run along the rows of your veggie garden. Secure it with cable ties or hose locks.
  8. Keep attaching soaker hoses to each “T” joint. Check to see if the holes in the soaker hose are pointing up.
  9. This time around, blank off the far end of the garden irrigation hose. You can do this by doing the same as the soaker hose by folding it over then placing a cable tie around the hose to keep it in its place.
  10. Take the garden hose fitting on the soaker hose and push it into the garden irrigation hose.
  11. Test your work by connecting your garden hose to the fitting on the backyard irrigation hose.
  12. Water your plants in the evening since the cooler temperatures allow the water to soak into the soil overnight. If you water during the day, the hotter temperatures might just evaporate the water.


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