Ways to Water Plants

Gardeners lucky enough to live in a temperate climate can rely on nature to do much of the watering. Gardeners in other locales must decide on a way to water their plants. Most people choose a combination of hand-watering and automatic irrigation systems depending on where the plants are located and how much money they have to invest in developing a watering system.

Irrigation Systems

Irrigation systems are a network of tubes that bring water to your plants with the flick of a switch or turn of a knob. Many are automated, meaning they are electronically set to deliver water to you plants at a certain time of day for a certain length of time. Automatic sprinkler systems are a popular irrigation method. Many homeowners install automatic sprinklers in garden beds as well as in the lawn. Drip systems are also a popular irrigation method. Tiny holes in the hoses allow water to seep out gradually, providing a deep, thorough watering.

Hand Watering

Many gardeners prefer to hand-water their plants. Hand watering allows you to direct the water to the base of the plant. This reduces the amount of water that lands on the foliage, which in turn reduces the risk of fungus developing. The best way to hand water is to water with a hose or watering can. Use a slow, steady stream of water and water as close to the base of the plant as you can.

Other Methods

Watering globes can water plants when you are not around to oversee them. They are especially useful in container plants. The globes have a reservoir for water and a long, hollow tube through which the water is released. Fill the globe with water, then insert it tube-side down into the dirt next to the plant. Some green gardeners use rain barrels to water plants. The barrels collect rain, which can then be drained onto a nearby garden bed or stored to use later.

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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.