Below we are going to get into the best ways to water your garden. Many of you gardeners might be using a sprinkler at the moment and you have now come to the realization that it really isn’t doing the trick. That is why you are here.
The good news is that you are correct. A sprinkler will not water your garden the right way and it will not give your vegetables, crops, and flowers a sufficient source of water all summer long. So, it is time to water your garden the right way.
There are a couple different ways you can do this and some might be more beneficial or cheaper than others depending on what you might want to reason with. The most important aspect about watering your garden is giving your plants and crops the right amount of water and doing it the correct way. Laying a sprinkler down or standing over your garden with an old hose will not work.
Below, we will provide you with the correct ways on how to water your garden and we will give you tips and pointers on what to do, so that everything will turn out perfectly.
The 3 Best Ways You Should Water Your Garden
We are sure you have heard of a drip irrigation system or if not, a soaker hose which both function relatively the same way. These are your top two methods for watering your garden. Nothing will beat this. I use a drip irrigation system and it is absolutely incredible. However, if you go with the soaker hose route then that is completely fine.
Also, you can water your garden with a regular garden hose but a top-notch nozzle sprayer is recommended. Anyhow, let’s get to it!
Drip Irrigation System
The drip irrigation method involves one long tube that is attached to other tiny emitter tubes. The tubes drip water at the base of the plants which will allow the water to reach the roots.
The soaker hose method involves one specific sized hose that lays flat throughout your garden. This hose has a porous ability that allows water to seep out through a bunch of tiny little holes which will water your plants efficiently.
Which One Is Better?
Although they are completely different in terms of a manufacturing process, they work the same way but there are differences which gives each their own advantages and disadvantages.
- Both allow water to reach the base of the plants
- Both are strong and durable and should last you multiple seasons
- Both require little physical effort once set up
The good news is that both watering methods are efficient and beneficial to you and your garden. Regular garden hoses and sprinklers don’t have the ability to reach the roots and base of the plants with water but a soaker hose does.
When you water at ground level you are accurately watering just the plants and not any weeds or isolated soil. You are also keeping the leaves of the plants free from water which rejects any chance of mildew or other unpleasant surprises that need a wet environment to produce. Last but not least, watering at ground level will also decrease the evaporation throughout your garden.
Both a soaker hose and a drip irrigation system will water at ground level for you as oppose to a regular garden hose, a water pale, or a sprinkler.
- Soaker hoses are cheaper to purchase
- A drip irrigation system is far more accurate
- Repairing a soaker hose is more complicated
- A drip irrigation system requires a lot more work to set up
- A soaker hose will clog up here and there
As you can see both watering methods have their advantages and disadvantages that might persuade you in one direction or the other. Let’s get into more detail before you make your decision.
Soaker hoses are in fact less expensive. Why? Well, a soaker hose is rather simple. You buy the hose and you connect it to another garden hose that connects to the faucet or you just connect it straight to the faucet if it’s long enough. Then you lay the soaker hose throughout your garden. See, very simple.
But on the other hand, a drip irrigation systems features a hose, flow and back-flow regulators, emitter tubes, and a filter. Some even require a water hose timer with it as well. With that being said, it is the advancement of the method that makes it more expensive. Here is a visual look on what a drip irrigation system is all about.
However, typically the more expensive the product means the greater the value which is true here.
A drip irrigation system is more accurate with its watering process. The emitters can be spaced so that the water seeps out precisely over the root zones of the crops or plants. Also, you have the choice between one emitter, two, or even several depending on the size of your plants. With that being said, it allows you to control the flow rate of the water as well.
With a soaker hose you don’t get that leisure which is what ultimately made my decision. Water seeps out through every single tiny hole at the same flow rate throughout the entire soaker hose. So, you are practically watering the plants and also everything between them. Although, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is just less precise.
Lastly, repairing a soaker hose is rather difficult compared to repairing a drip irrigation system. If somehow you manage to put a hole in either of the two, the hole needs to be replaced. With an irrigation system, you simply remove the tube with the hole and attach a new one. With a soaker hose you have to cut the damaged part out and connect the two sides with a hose mender.
Also, since a drip irrigation system can be placed a few inches above the ground it will refrain from any clogging as oppose to a soaker hose which lays flat on the soil. Unclogging a soaker hose is rather simple but time consuming. We recommend burying your hose in mulch as it will protect itself from sunlight and soil which will clog the hose over time.
The Alternative Method
Although this method is not recommended, we are still including it as it will cost you nothing if you already have a garden hose. Yes, a garden hose still waters your plants but not as efficiently as the two methods above. If you don’t want to spend money on a soaker hose or a drip irrigation system then we strongly recommend that you use this method to water your garden.
If you are going to water your garden using a garden hose then follow these steps:
- Attach a nozzle sprayer and function it to sprinkler or something not too powerful
- Get really low and water directly around the base of the plant so that the water can reach the roots
- Do not water the leaves or isolated soil or any weeds that might be growing
- If you really want to be precise then take the pressure off the nozzle in between plants so that you are watering accurately
Watering your garden the correct way is actually more important than it seems. We strongly recommend investing in a soaker hose or a drip irrigation system if you are a frequent gardener. They just require a lot less physical work once set up, they are more accurate, and will give you better results. With that being said, if you have any questions on the 3 best ways to water your garden then please leave us a comment below.