Proper irrigation of your garden ensures that it stays healthy and growing. Evaporation and water runoff can cause your plants not to receive enough water. To keep plants healthy, water them deeply at the root. Read on to learn irrigation tips and ideas to ensure a healthy garden.
Place the soaker hose directly on top of the soil within one to two inches of your plants.
Prevent kinking by pinning your soaker hoses with U-shaped metal landscape pins.
Cover the soaker hose with mulch to hide it and retain water.
Water for 30 minutes and check. Water should seep eight to 12 inches into the soil but not puddle.
Add an electric hose timer to regulate water scheduling for convenience. Make sure you don’t forget to turn it on and off. A rain or moisture sensor will prevent it from coming on when you don’t need to water.
Water early in the morning so foliage can dry out during the day.
To know how long to set the timer, mark one inch on an empty can and put it in your garden. Note the time, and turn the sprinkler on. When the water fills to the mark, turn the sprinkler off and check the time. Now set your timer.
Add a moisture or rain sensor so sprinklers aren’t on when it’s raining.
Water with a Drip Irrigation System
When using a drip irrigation system:
Installing your drip irrigation system with a DIY kit is the best option.
Check with your Garden Center associate for the drip irrigation system that meets your needs and follow the directions.
By following these irrigation tips and ideas, you can feel confident that your garden will flourish. Choose the system that works best for you, and ensure that your plants are getting enough moisture. Use the Home Depot Mobile App to locate products and check inventory. We’ll take you to the exact aisle and bay.