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Ways to Water (besides sprinklers)

They say that most sprinklers are completely ineffective
And that actually, your sprinklers are making your grass worse:
you water too often, too much and you’re making your grass into cement
And most of the water isn’t absorbed anyway

Around here we have been in a drought for about 3 years
That’s changed this year gratefully
But in that time I’ve come up with a few new ways to water
And I think to water BETTER than before
Ways to “Conserve Water” better and
really just to water better so that things grow better
Because here’s the number one factor in watering:
No Water=Dead Plants

So besides Traditional Sprinklers, the ones that just spray your grass
Here are some other options for your flowerbeds and gardens

Bubblers
These are pretty common I would say
Many houses come standard with these
And they are good, better than nothing right
But in the end, the problem is that the water goes where it wants to
IMG_2131So if you have bubblers, this is the solution: Trenches
12804667_10207923436458219_7706123950155093967_nUnless you want your water to just pool in the middle
And go no where
And for half your garden to die
You have to trench it and give the water a place to FILL
And a way for it to do all this BY ITSELF

IMG_2114(This is my lever to turn on the bubblers in my garden)
In flowerbeds, although not so square, the same rule applies
Give the water ROADS.  Tell it where to go
And your bubblers will do the rest
Next to my lawn I have small bushes
The sprinklers there are sprayers
And that’s fine except the bushes in certain sections get more water
So I dug a trench all along the base of them
So that when the sprinklers run
Any excess water will just run down the line to the dryer plants

Soak Systems
Now if you have bubblers
And want something more efficient
These are my next favorite:
IMG_2125Bubblers can be replaced with these heads
Or these heads if you have a larger area
And then you attach Soaker Lines
(like Soak HOSES but smaller and they attach to your sprinkler)
IMG_2133Which makes it nice because they will still run on the “schedule”
But will soak the bed instead of spraying it,
Which makes the water go directly into the dirt
IMG_2124And then if you put these UNDER a layer of mulch?
(This one is pulled out so you can see it)
All your water will stay with your plants
Not spraying, not evaporating 🙂
IMG_2126

Plant Circles
Fancy name right? Made it up myself
Don’t know if these have a name for real
Because I created them (patent pending! lol)
These are good to use if you have individual plants to water:
IMG_2130Or if you have potted plants on a patio
Use this method when you don’t want to water everywhere
Just a SPECIFIC spot

It’s still set up with a head like this:
IMG_2133Only now it’s just regular tubing
And then when you get to the place you want the water:
You put a joint (comes in packs of 25! happy jointing! haha)
in like this of soaker line:
IMG_2129IMG_2128So what gets watered is JUST the plant, not all the other stuff
(Which would cause weeds or a soaked patio)

Soak Hose…on a timer!
Soak hoses are the go-to for no sprinklers
They do the same thing as the other systems
But soak hoses require very little setup 🙂
IMG_2136The only problem is that if it’s just a hose
You have to remember to turn them on!
And if you get sick…or go on vacation….
Dead plants

So this is my solution:
IMG_2132Put the hose on a timer
It runs every day just like sprinklers
Or wow, look at this one, fancy and high tech
Put that on the wish list for me…

The year I used this, my back flowerbeds did the best ever
Only problem I had was in order for this to work?
You have to have the faucet on ALL THE TIME
Then the timer lets the water actually FLOW
Whenever you set it to
But the line is still ON
And in the case of the faucet the hose was on
That meant it leaked and sprayed
Not the product, MY faucet
I mean it’s outside, it’s older, of course it leaks!
And so after awhile I started turning it off during the day
Which if i have to do that, the “automatic” factor is out the window
But it definitely helped to just get the job done
And I didn’t have to “remember” all the time
it just happened just like sprinklers.

Now final words of advice:
Soaker lines only last 1 year, two years tops,
so you will have to replace them every other year
Mostly they break off the head, or they break in half
I’ve had gardeners wack them in half or kids pull them out
But for the most part, the plants hide them
Andthey work great so hey
Same with soaker hoses
Bubblers work for years
But you have to redo the Trenches pretty regularly also

Happy Watering!!!

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