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Watering in Suffolk

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 Suffolk, 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.

Drip irrigation

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.

Sprinkler irrigation

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.

Hand watering

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.

Alpine Campanulas

Langham Hall Walled Garden
Langham, IP31 3EE

B&Q Bury St.edmunds

43-45 Risbygate Street
St Edmonds, IP33 3AA

B&Q Haverhill

Cambridge Rd Retail Park, Park Road
Haverhill, CB9 7GS

B&Q Ipswich - Euro

4 The Sandlings, Euro Retail Park, off Ransome
Ipswich, IP3 9SN

B&Q Lowestoft

20 North Quay Retail Park, 7 Peto Way
Lowestoft, NR32 2ED

B&Q Sudbury

Woodhall Business Park, Eastern Bypass
Sudbury, CO10 1WH

Barnby Nursery Centre

Swan Lane, Barnby
Beccles, NR34 7QF

Bourne Garden Centre

578 Wherstead Road
Ipswich, IP2 8LS

Bury St Edmonds Garden Centre

Rougham Road
Bury St Edmonds, IP33 2RN

ByPass Nurseries

London Road
Ipswich, IP9 2JR

Cherry Lane - Loing Melford

High Street
Long Melford, CO10 9DH

Cherry Lane Garden Centre

High Street Long Melford
Sudbury, CO10 9DH

Colebrook Garden Centre

St Annes Drive
Redhill, RH1 1AU

Crown Nursery

High Street
Woodbridge, IP13 6EL

Dairy Farm Nursery

Lower Dairy Farm Cottage
IPSWICH, IP8 4JT

Dobbies Garden Centres Bury St Edmunds

Roughman Road
IP33 2RN, United Kindom

Dogwood Garden Centre

South Street Risby
Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6QU

Early Dawn Nurseries & Garden Centre

Rushmere Road Rushmere
Lowestoft, NR33 8HA

Garnetts Gardens

The Street
Woodbridge, IP13 0DT

George Hill Nursery

Barningham Road
Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 2AD

Goldbrook Plants

Goldbrook
Eye, IP21 5AN

Grange Nurseries

Jackson Road
Woodbridge, IP12 4NR

Green Lawns Bonsai

Hadleigh Road
Sudbury, CO10 5JH

Harveys Garden Plants

Great Green
Bury St Edmunds, IP31 3SJ

Hill Cottage Nursery

Four Ashes Corner Walsham le Willows
Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 3BT

Holly Gardens Nursery

Flixton Road Blundeston
Lowestoft, NR32 5PJ

Holton Road Garden Centre

36 Holton Road
Halesworth, IP19 8HG

Homebase Bury St. Edmunds

Easlea Rd Moreton Hall Est.
Bury St. Edmunds, IP32 7B

Homebase Felixstowe

Great Eastern Square Station Approach
Felixstowe, IP11 7DY

Homebase Ipswich

Felixstowe Rd, Warren Heath
Ipswich, IP3 8TQ

Homebase Lowestoft

Tower Road
Lowestoft, NR33 7NG

Homebase Newmarket

Oaks Drive
Newmarket, CB8 7SX

Homebase Sudbury

Waldingfield Road
Sudbury, CO10 2YH

Ladybird Nurseries

Gromford Lane
Saxmundham, IP17 1RD

Langleys Aquatics

3 the villas, withersfield road
haverhill, cb9 7rw

Laurel Farm Garden Centre

Henley Road
Ipswich, IP1 6TE

Lound Plant Centre

Jay Lane Lound
Lowestoft, NR32 5LH

Marlows Diy & Garden Centre

Hollow Road
Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AP

Matthews Flowers

18 High Street
Brandon, IP27 9JS

Nareys Garden Centre

Bury Road
Stowmarket, IP14 3QD

Notcutts Garden Centre-Woodbridge

Ipswich Road
Woodbridge, IP12 4AF

P & R Garden Supplies

Fengate Drove
Brandon, IP27 0PW

Paugers Plants

Bury Road, Church Lane, Depden
BURY ST EDMUNDS, IP29 4BU

Perfect Perennials

Earl Stonham
Stowmarket, IP14 5HY

Plant Centre

Station Road, Cotton
Stowmarket, IP14 4NQ

R Dare

73 Wratting Road
Haverhill, CB9 0DA

Roots & Shoots Garden Centre

Stowmarket Road
Ipswich, IP6 8RR

Rougham Hall Nurseries

Ipswich Road
Bury, ST. EDMUNDS, IP30 9LZ

Sandfords Garden Centre

Barton Mills Bury Street Edmunds
Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 6AH

Sansoms Interflora

4 Milton Road East
Lowestoft, NR32 1NT

Shrubland Park Nurseries

Maltings Farm
Ipswich, IP7 6LZ

Stonham Barns Garden Centre

A1120, Pettaugh Road Stonham Aspal
Stowmarket, IP14 6AT

Sturmer Nurseries

Church Walk, Sturmer
Haverhill, CB9 7XD

Sudbury Garden Centre

Newton Road
Chilton, CO10 0PZ

Swann's Nursery

Eyke Road, Bromeswell
Woodbridge, IP12 2PN

Tattingstone Garden Centre

The Heath
Tattingstone, IP9 2LX

The Walled Garden

Park Rd, Benhall
Saxmundham, IP17 1JB

Three Willows Garden Centre

Flixton Road
Bungay, NR35 1PD

Victoria Nurseries

1 Kettlebaston Way
Ipswich, IP4 2XX

Walled Garden

Park Road, Benhall
Saxmundham, IP17 1JB

Wickes Ipswich

Unit 2, Orwell Retail Park
Ipswich, Ip2 0Aq

Wickes Lowestoft

Peto Way
Lowestoft, Nr32 2Ed

Wilkinson Bury St Edmunds

88-89 Risbygate Street
Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3AQ

Wilkinson Ipswich

28-32 Upper Brook Street
Ipswich, IP4 1EB

Wilkinson Lowestoft

112 London Road North
Lowestoft, NR32 1HA

Wilkinson Mildenhall

32-36 St Andrews Street
Mildenhall, IP28 7HB

Wilkinson Orton Misterton

Ortongate Shopping Centre, Orton Goldhay
Orton Misterton, PE2 5TD

Woodbridge, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Grundisburgh Road
Woodbridge, IP13 6HX

Woottens Nursery

Blackheath Road
Halesworth, IP19 9HD