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Different Garden Watering Tools Suit Different Needs

2017-02-11

Ensuring that your plants have sufficient access to water without being drowned or spoiled is something you'll need to stay on top of at all times, as the weather conditions and the needs of your garden will be shifting and changing regularly. There are a huge variety of garden watering tools available to assist with this, in this guide, we'll help you to decide which ones you can use to help your garden reach its full potential.

Different plants thrive under different conditions, so the best way to water a plant will vary depending on how and where it is planted. You won't want to turn a full powered hose onto young seedlings, but a small watering can isn't going to be a lot of use if you have a lawn or several large flowerbeds that need watering.

Pot and container soil tends to dry out fairly quickly, particularly when they are kept in a sunny spot in the garden. This means they will need regular watering, so use a watering can with a long thin spout or a watering wand attached to the hosepipe to reach in and water the roots without damaging the foliage.

A hosepipe is a valuable tool for watering over a larger area, saving you the hassle of constantly going back and forth with a watering can. Choose a hose that is long enough to reach around the whole of your garden, connecting two or more together if necessary. When choosing a nozzle or sprayer for your hose, think about what you will be watering, for smaller bedding plants, a light mist will suffice, but larger, more established plants or shrubs will need a faster flow directed at their roots to stay healthy.

Growing a decent sized crop of fruit or vegetables is going to require a lot of watering, so an irrigation system could be a worthwhile investment to save time and ensure the quality of your crop. A greenhouse or raised bed is the ideal location for an irrigation system, which are best used in combination with an electric or mechanical timer to switch the water supply on and off for you.

Most lawn grasses are pretty resilient and able to survive without regular watering. Every once in a while though it can be good for their health and color to have a good soaking. This is particularly true for lawns that have only recently been laid, or those which have not seen any rain for an extended period. The best way to spread water evenly over a large area such as this is with a lawn sprinkler, which will connect to your hosepipe and can be controlled using a scarifier & rake.