Watering in Oxfordshire
Using the proper way to water your garden can make a big difference in your plants looking great or wilted and dying. If you visit The Garden Centre Guide and check the garden centres in Oxfordshire, you will find that they have all sorts of watering equipment available, such as sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, garden hoses with a variety of sprinkler attachments to choose from, as well as that old faithful, the watering can. Following is a list of the different types of watering methods for gardens and how to use them in your garden.
Also referred to as trickle irrigation, with this method of watering, the water goes directly to the soil, which is better than water spraying over the whole plant. As the name implies, drip irrigation works by slowly dripping water into the soil around the plant. Less water is used with this method because most of the water soaks into the soil with very little being lost to evaporation.
Since it only waters the roots, the leaves of plants have less chance of developing fungal diseases from getting wet. Drip irrigation is great for watering gardens located on hillsides because the slow flow of the water will not result in soil erosion.
This method of watering is exceptionally convenient because large areas can be watered at the same time without any effort from you. The range of sprinkler watering systems includes multiple sprinklers that have automatic timers, to the familiar single sprinkler that it attached to a garden hose. This system is best used when there is little to no wind, to reduce evaporation.
For those with small gardens, hand watering is perfect when using a garden hose, and a watering can for potted plants on patios or decks. For indoor potted plants, a simple jug can be used for watering purposes. Bear in mind though, to check the soil of indoor plants to see if they need water, to avoid over-watering.
Watering trees and shrubs
Some trees and shrubs, especially those that have been recently planted, do need irrigation, unlike the older ones with their deep roots that only need watering under drought conditions. Also, since they are the biggest plants in a garden, they usually need more water than lawns and other small plants. It’s a good idea if you’re using automatic sprinkler or drip irrigation system, to concentrate these around the smaller plants in the garden. Trees and shrubs can be given more water by hand as and when necessary.
When to water
Early morning, especially during the hot summer months, is the best time to water plants and lawns. Watering at this time of the day gives the water a chance to soak in before the sun has time to cause evaporation. Watering at night should be avoided because with the plants being in the water all through the night, fungal diseases can develop. Fungal disease can also be avoided by watering around the bottom of the plant where possible and not the foliage.
Whether you have a large or small garden, and whatever watering method you choose, you can be sure that by simply visiting The Garden Centre Guide, all your garden watering supplies needs will be met. The Garden Centre Guide will show you the garden centres near you and you can browse at your leisure, through all the different types of watering methods for gardens they have to offer.