The hotter the weather, the more your vegetable garden needs a thirst-quenching drink. Sprinklers cool the garden as they replenish moisture, and plants benefit from having dust rinsed from their leaves, too.
When rain isn’t in the forecast, the next best thing is a properly managed sprinkler. Follow these guidelines to water your garden efficiently with easy-to-use sprinklers.
Sprinkler Smarts for Summer:
- Choose the best sprinkler for the job. For watering newly planted beds, choose oscillating or whirling sprinklers. They put out small droplets that moisten the soil without compacting it. For established plants, pulsating sprinklers cover more space with less water pressure. For young fruit trees or robust caged tomatoes, choose a bubbler type sprinkler for its deep watering capabilities.
- Use a sturdy post, stepladder or adjustable tripod to elevate sprinklers as needed to get good coverage of tall or bushy plants.
- Early morning is the best time to water. Use a timer to turn on sprinklers before you wake up.
- Run sprinkler in one spot for 30 minutes and then turn it off to allow the water to seep into the soil. Move sprinklers as needed to water all of your thirsty plants.
To avoid wasting water, don’t use any type of sprinkler in windy weather. Up to half of the water can blow away!