When summer arrives, hot temperatures and sunny days mean you’ll be watering a lot. Save time, your garden and grass by investing in automatic and easy ways to water.
Water systems come in many different shapes and sizes. Learn what types of systems will fit the needs of your yard.
1. Classic sprinkler. You know the sprinkler that rotates, turns and kids love to jump through? Choose a stainless or brass model for durability and longevity. For a large lawn or where you need a super soak, a telescoping tripod sprinkler is best. To set it and forget it, add a hose timer.
2. Soaker hose. Soaker hoses water roots anywhere tubing is laid, keeping soil consistently hydrated. It reduces rot because leaves aren’t sprayed – creating healthier, bigger plants. Relatively inexpensive and easy to install, soaker hoses can last for seasons.
3. Drip irrigation. Like soaker hoses, drip systems water the base of the plant. Better yet, you control the flow and location by spacing drip emitters precisely over the plants’ roots. Additionally, modular drip systems are easier to repair than one-piece soaker hoses.
4. Self-watering containers. Reduce how often you have to water with self-watering containers. Choose those with a built-in reservoir to keep plants consistently moist. For existing containers, install a container drip kit.
5. Extended watering wand. When watering by hand is necessary, you’ll still want to only water the base of the plants. In this case an extended watering wand is helpful. Look for one with a comfortable, ergonomic grip that has water adjustment functionality at the handle.
6. Rain barrel. During heavy rain, hundreds of gallons of water can flow off a typical roof. By saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage by up to 40 percent. And when rain is scarce, your plants can still get the water they need to thrive. Choose a rain barrel with an overflow hole and a screen to keep debris out.