Water is crucial to plants. Even the hardiest plants need water. Through the help of our professional landscapers, we are able to sum up the different watering methods and ways on how to use them correctly. Knowing these is essential as it can make a difference to your plants. These watering methods vary on the amount of water it uses and how it is delivered to places on or around your plants.
For you to know which watering method is appropriate to your plant, you need to look up first on their water requirements. Some plants may need less water; others will need more. Some may have varying water requirements, which will require you to use more than one watering method.
Many newcomers have arrived in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and many are first-time homeowners, too. One of the first things they do is reach out to us and ask about the best watering methods.
As I mentioned, some watering methods may be more effective; others are not. Several watering options include soaker hoses, hand-watering with a hose, sprinklers (both in-ground and hose-end), container watering, and drip irrigation.
Let’s dive in and learn the pros and cons of each.
Soaker hoses are reconstituted flat green hoses or rubber hoses with numerous holes throughout. As compared drip hoses, soaker hoses are unpressurized tubes that emit water unevenly along the hose’s length. However, soaker hoses are unstable and cannot be used for long; which is why they are grouped with sprinklers and allowed once-a-week use during watering restrictions.
The simplest and most effective way to water is through hand-watering with a hose-end sprayer, mostly when done using a water wand with a shut-off valve. The key is to maintain it low and slow, allowing the water to soak in. Repeat doing it over an area to soak the soil thoroughly. Even when there are watering restrictions, hand watering remains allowable at any time, on any day.
Hose-end sprinklers are an excellent way to water the landscape as they are mobile and operated by you. This means you decide when and where to use them. The three-armed twirling sprinklers are one of the most effective of these types.
In-ground sprinkler systems are undoubtedly convenient, but not very conservation-oriented. Older systems often water before, during, and after rainfall and pour the same amount of water regardless of the season.
Newer systems feature smart controllers that work with weather stations with algorithms to determine the appropriate amount of water for different plants, soils, and seasons. The latest systems are compatible with WiFi and smartphone.
In-ground systems have two distinct problems: they cannot use weather forecasts to determine watering needs, and they are unlikely to operate correctly.
Another form of in-ground irrigation is a drip, which can also be just a hose unit and a spigot.
Here, the drip irrigation can be a point source, which uses emitters attached to small tubes located at individual plants. Another is the in-line emitter tubes that use uniformly pressurized tubes to distribute water evenly through the entire length of the tube.
Container watering is only using barrels, buckets, or plastic tree bags. While useful, these can all be somewhat exhausting. Using containers to water, just like hand-watering, can be done any time, on any day during watering restrictions.
One of the myths is that drip irrigation saves water. This can be possible only when it is designed and scheduled properly. Unfortunately, even professional irrigators are ignorant of designing and planning drip irrigation to provide sufficient watering and optimal conservation. Through the help of our experts, you can convert in-ground spray heads to drip irrigation.