Early in the season we had plenty of rainfall, but as the summer goes on most people find that they need to water their plants. Even those who have automatic irrigation systems often need to target specific areas with additional ways to deliver moisture since tall plants can block in-ground sprinklers, or the usual lawn irrigation not enough for hydrangeas or newly placed plants.
Here are some products that will make your watering easier.
Every yard needs at least one rain gauge so that you know how much moisture Mother Nature delivered. The ideal for keeping established plants in good shape is an inch of water every week. Be aware that an inch of water in a tuna can, bucket, wheelbarrow or other container with a wide opening is NOT equivalent to an inch measured in a rain gauge.
Soaker hoses are great for delivering water at the base of a plant without splashing the foliage. They are also good for supplemental watering of plants like hydrangeas. You can lay down a soaker hose around plants, cover it with mulch, and then hook your regular hose to it for watering when needed. If your soil is sandy be sure to zig-zag the hose back and forth since the moisture tends to go straight down in sand.
These simple timers aren’t expensive and they allow you to put the sprinkler on before leaving the house for errands, appointments etc.
There is a sprinkler to fit every size garden and budget. Come into the store and learn which one best meets your needs. Each type of sprinkler has different advantages; for example, Gardena products all attach using the same connector, and it comes away from the sprinkler so you can attach it to the hose easily without having to juggle the actual sprinkler at the same time.
It is my goal to have every hose on my property be a Flexzilla! They are easy to un-kink with a shake, stay soft in cold weather and are oh-so-flexible. Safe for people and pet drinking, organic gardening too.
A watering wand is a must-have tool for keeping containers watered. They allow you to adjust the flow of the water so that soil isn’t pushed out of the pots or foliage needlessly dampened. This purple wand is made by Dramm and also comes in other colors. A watering wand makes it easier to water hanging baskets and window boxes.
There are wands with long or short handles, and adjustable hose heads without the pole as well.