There is no proper gardening without the right kind of watering method. This is because a well-cared for and a watered garden is a step closer to a healthy and fruitful garden.
As much as there are many methods, you can use to water your garden, only the most efficient ones count. This efficient method is one that can save your time, labor while conserving your water. This way you reduce water wastage while ensuring all your plants are quenched of their thirst.
Moreover, installing an irrigation system often provide a controlled way to water your garden at once, when compared to using a watering can or garden water hoses.
Here are some best garden watering methods that do not involve hand watering.
1. Sprinkler Irrigation
This is the most effective way to watering large gardens. This system often uses less water, when compared to other irrigation systems like furrow irrigation. However, it also loses some water to evaporation, but that does not mean that it is less effective.
Nonetheless, you will have to use it properly as any mistake can lead to some severe damages to your garden since sprinklers tend to wet your entire garden. Thus leading to, more weed growth in areas without mulch. Moreover, it can also promote foliar diseases by wetting your foliage, so proper use is important.
The best systems of sprinklers often use several sprinkler heads in a grid for efficient even coverage of the entire garden. Therefore, sprinkler design has a great impact on how your garden will be watered.
Besides, watering your garden early in the morning or late in the evening is the best way to reduce the amount of water often lost through evaporation. It also limits the spread of different kinds of diseases.
2. Furrow Irrigation
This method often uses a series of ditches in a bid to spread water all over your garden. It demands labor and the installation process must happen while you are planting your garden.
Consequently, it often works best in gardens that are planted in rows of raised beds, about 5-6 inches high with a width of at least 6-inches. For each of your raised garden bed, you can always leave a room of 24-42 inches. This way you get to create better furrows between the beds.
A ditch at one end of the garden usually connects all the furrows. The ditch will run perpendicular to it, between the raised beds. Thus, when it comes to using, you just add water to the ditch and it will flow smoothly down and into the furrows located between the rows of plants.
3. Drip Irrigation
This watering method uses a water hose to deliver water directly up to the roots of the plants in your garden. The water hose is usually connected to a series of water emitters. The water emitters can be inbuilt within the water hose or separate for individual watering of the plants.
As much as it is one of the most efficient means of watering, it is also costly in terms of set-up time and equipment cost. However, it takes less time to water your plants while conserving loads of water in the process.
Moreover, this watering system works best for gardens laid in rows. You will also need to irrigate with clean water to avoid any clogs within the water emitters.
Additionally, you can conceal it with soil or mulch. You just install the drip watering lines beneath the mulch.
4. Soaker Hose
These are lengths of perforated garden hoses used for watering gardens. They are much different from drip lines, which have spaced watering points, as they are completely porous all the way.
However, just like drip irrigation, it is also efficient and can conserve water by using less of it and losing less to evaporation.
A soaker hose is also easier to move. You can have it between rows of plants or curve it around the plants. Besides, it is much easier to install and use, as it involves fewer parts and does not require any nozzles.
When it comes to hilly irrigation, it can be hard for the soaker hose to deliver water evenly unless you put it straight up and down the hillside. In addition, soaker hoses over 25-feet can lose pressure at the hose end, thus limiting its use when it comes to even distribution of water.
In conclusion, the best garden watering method depends on how you have planted your garden. This way you guarantee efficacy at minimal costs and also make it ready for winter.