I recently shared a very detailed post on how to create a landscape from scratch. I wanted to talk about watering your garden in a separate post so I could go into a bit more detail. I can’t stress how important it is to provide your garden with the water it needs to stay healthy.
We are all guilty of purchasing plants or flowers in a feel good moment the minute warm weather declares it’s here to stay, only to neglect them once the real heat rolls in…when they need us the most.
My sister-in-law used to have the most beautiful landscaping. (Still does) She lived right behind my house, so her yard was the view from my kitchen. It was full of vibrant color and amazing texture, a real feast for the eyes. Every morning she would be out there moving the sprinkler from here to there and back again, but her garden rewarded her with beautiful blooms all summer.
I had long given up on mine because it was too much of a commitment for me at the time. I knew this time was different. I didn’t want a hassle-free landscape; I wanted a beautiful garden that changed and evolved and grew to amazing beauty just the way my SIL’s did.
If you want a beautiful landscape and are willing to pour all that effort and money into it, you need to nurture it. That means get your lazy bum out there and water it!! (I’m talking about me. Ok and you too if you needed to hear that:)
I am going to share the best and easiest way I have found to water my garden. I was determined that if she could do it, so could I. But there is no way I am moving sprinklers from here to there and back again because my flower beds are just too big for that. I’d be out there all day! But I found a better way…
Meet my favorite garden helper:
This is a weeper hose. Its folded in two with a seam on one side that lets water trickle out of it. I originally purchased a few similar online, but found these at Walmart for I believe around $18. I have found them to be just as good. These are laid throughout the garden and then covered with mulch. Easy enough.
I started mine in an inconspicuous spot that was close to the water source. (I added this connector that has a shut off valve so I could shut the water off from here. It’s helpful, but not necessary. You can also hook up additional hoses with this.)
Then I wound through my flower bed.
I tried to lay the weeper hose as near to the base of as many plants as possible, but it is suppose to hydrate up to a two ft area.
Then I attached my hose and turned it on to check for kinks like this one:
You don’t want anything to impede the flow of water. Here is final placement after a little tweaking:
Now you can turn off the water and cover with mulch.
This is all you see:
Now you can head out in your PJs and hook your hose up to it, turn on the water, and go get ready for your day while the weeper hose takes care of watering your plants!
Smaller amount of water trickling over a longer period→water soaks down deeper→surface water dries up→roots reach deeper to find deeper water→stronger root system→healthier plant→happy gardener!!
The water also goes right to the roots. Unless your plants will be able to dry thoroughly before the sun sets, you should try to avoid getting water on their leaves. (For more details, you can google it…something to do with fungi, mold…)
I used two 50 ft lengths in my front flower bed. You can get a better idea of how big of an area that is here. The water flow is great all the way through. But 100 ft length was the limit for my water pressure.
How do I know when to water my plants?
Wilted leaves are a LATE sign that your plants need water. To check properly, I put my finger in the soil as far as it will go. If I can’t feel any moisture, I water. It ends up being about every three days; sooner if the temperatures get really hot.
It is also important to note that some of your plants may prefer a drier environment such as Russian Sage. In that case, keep the weeper hose farther away from that one.
On the other hand, my hydrangeas really soak up the water so they get a little extra when the hotter temps arrive.
How do I know when my plants have had enough water?
The same way, use your finger. If I can feel water all the way down, I turn off the water. You will eventually get to know how much is enough and then you can just time it!
This is also a great way to water your vegetable garden.
Even though this makes watering so much easier, I still do a happy dance when it rains 🙂
You might also enjoy seeing how I built my gate if you’re in the market for a new one:
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!