around the plant. Because much of the water
You can design a simple drip system to
soakers. And garden stores are filled with
is thrown high in the air, loss due to
direct low flows of water to individual
many other kinds of gadgets and tools to
evaporation can be significant. Sprinklers
plants, either by laying polyethylene tubing
help you water your garden, such as rain
can also foster fungal diseases and other
on the ground or burying it shallowly. Or
gauges, mechanical and electronic timers,
problems with some plants such as roses
you can buy a more sophisticated custom-
and watering cans.
that don't like having wet foliage. Sprinklers
designed system. But drip systems have
require good water pressure and are best
their limitations. They don't work for lawns
For small areas, container plantings and
used on plants which are not in bloom.
or broad areas, and they can be damaged if
seedlings, watering cans work well. Make
Several types of sprinklers are available.
children or pets dig them up. The required
sure your can has an attachment so that
Drip or trickle irrigation using low-flow
number of emitters, misters and sprayers
water can be delivered like a fine rain.
hoses or emitters can save more than half
can add up cost wise. A drip system also
When picking a can, keep in mind that they
the water that overhead sprinklers lose due
may require a water-pressure reducer to
are quite heavy when filled. A two-gallon
to evaporation or runoff. It also reduces
keep low-volume fittings functioning
container full of water is as heavy as most
disease, because the foliage is never wetted.
properly. Soaker hoses are similar to drip
people can carry. Make sure that the handle
This type of irrigation never saturates the
systems in some ways, but are even simpler.
and the rest of the can are designed for ease
soil, so there is little bad effect on overall
Soaker hoses "leak" water along the length
soil structure. Since the area that's watered
of the hose. You can buy flat plastic hoses or
is smaller, weed growth is reduced as well.
soakers made from recycled rubber tires,
And drip systems don't require trenching.
known as sweaty hoses or leaky pipe
Written by Karen Cole. Courtesy of Articlesbase.com,