Potted plants, flower beds, vegetable garden, lawn ... You don't know which watering system is best suited for your outdoors?
We're clearing up the subject a bit to help you see things more clearly! Discover 6 watering systems for the garden.
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The traditional watering can
Adding water with a watering can takes a long time! This is why we prefer this tool for balconies or small city gardens.
Don't hesitate to leave your watering can outside so that it fills up when it rains. Rainwater is still the best water for watering your plants. Be sure to water at the base of the plant, even filling the saucer if it is a container plant. She will then drink the water with her roots by capillary action, as in the ground. On the other hand, do not let the water stagnate in the saucer, it could cause the roots to rot.
No more going back and forth from the tap to the plants, the manual watering is placed along a hose that allows you to walk around the garden with it.
Often, sprinklers have several modes with varying degrees of pressure and spray width. So you can adapt your watering when you switch from one plant to another. This garden sprinkler system requires a little work on your part, but is still very affordable.
Automatic watering by sprinkling
Sprinkler irrigation is used for lawns or large areas of cultivation. You can choose to use buried or surface irrigation. The underground sprinkler is discreet and only comes out to accomplish its task. Conversely, the surface sprinkler is often mobile and must be moved to cover a large area.
This type of sprinkler emits multiple long jets and rotates 180 °. It is possible to customize the length of the jets, their trajectory and the duration of the watering.
Circular models rotate 380 ° without ever stopping to spray water. You can then adjust the degree of rotation, the water pressure and the length of the spray to adapt the irrigation to the surface of your garden.
Aptly named, these garden sprinklers deliver jets of water at regular intervals. Rather, they are used to water very large areas such as fields.
The drip has the advantage of being precise. It only gives what is needed for the sole and the foot. So no wasted water or wet leaves. Ideal for vegetable gardens and flower beds, it limits the appearance of diseases such as mildew.
Unlike sprinkler watering, it only targets the roots of the plants and not the weeds around! It is organized with a main hose and secondary hoses that reach all the plants to be watered. At the level of the plants concerned, you can place drippers, misters or sprinklers. Thus, each plant receives water in the best possible way for its proper development.
Once everything is installed, just program frequency and duration watering. Some models are connected to a rain gauge and stop the inflow of water in the event of rain.
Watering during the holidays
If you don't have an automatic sprinkler system, going on vacation can cause some concern. Don't panic, there are solutions to overcome this problem:
- Install oyas near your vegetable plants. These terracotta receptacles are then filled with water before your departure. Terracotta being a porous material, it will release water as it goes. You can then leave for two weeks with peace of mind.
- Another technique a little more artisanal consists in filling a water bottle. Make a few holes in the stopper, turn it over and push it underground. The water will then flow gradually, like a drip.
- Also consider spreading a layer of mulch to preserve soil moisture.
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