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Garden Watering Tools and Systems

2016-05-16

As far as we know, watering system plays an important role in providing sufficient water to your garden and lawn. It can either be very simple or very complex, all depends on the size of your garden and lawn or your choice.

You always want to check just underneath your soil for moisture and to be selective when it comes to watering your lawn and garden. If you give them too much water, it washes the nutrients away and the root systems of the plants will reduce in development. When you watering the garden aim the sprinkler head at each individual plant and give extra care to the ones that need it most, remember try not to water the whole garden bed, which is between the plants.

Your ground soil is composed of many mineral particles of different sizes. Sand is a mineral particle that is large and if your soil contains a lot of these particles, water will go through it very quickly. However, if your soil has mostly small particles, such as clay, water goes through much slower. Both types of soil can be problematic but the solution is the same, you just need to add organic material. This organic material such as compost or chopped up leaves will improve the texture of the soil and its water holding capabilities. The best thing to do in the future is to add about an inch of this organic material to the soil each year.

Since the organic material has been added to the soil, it will retain moisture better. The water will now be available to the plants’ roots when they actually need it. The root tips and root hairs of young plants have the job of soaking up water and when conditions radically change between wet and dry, these tips and hairs can become damaged or stressed. You can incorporate a soaker hose in the garden for water seepage and then place a thick layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce the evaporation of water. Using mulch also helps to maintain an even level of moisture to the soil which will keep the roots healthy.

When watering you should direct the water right down to the roots and not at the top of the plants. Generally, drip irrigation systems that are set lower to the ground ensure that the water goes directly to the plant's root system. Sprinkler systems only give about 40 to 50 percent of the water to the plants. Drip irrigation systems will lower the evaporation loss and will keep the areas between the plants dry, but uses less water.

In fact, your best bet is to use 'free water' as often as possible. Rainwater is the best source of 'free water' for all plants and vegetables. If you have a 1,000 square foot roof you can collect roughly 625 gallons of 'free water' from 1 inch of rain. You can re-route the down spouts of your gutters so it will drain into a rain barrel or a rainwater urn that you can cover to be used at a later time. Being able to collect rain water will help tremendously during spring and summer drought times.

In addition, wind is another enemy you are facing when it comes to moisture loss. Plants will lose moisture through their leaves and the wind makes it happen much quicker. You can use a garden fabric in the spring for a newly seeded garden bed to prevent the wind from drying the surface of the soil after you have watered. It will also keep the seedlings from being damaged by the wind. These are just a couple of things that you can use as part of your garden watering systems.More information, please visit: http://www.vertak.com/