I have reached the point in my new gardener path where I’m using a garden hose. How weird does that sound? Well, it’s not, when you remember that I’ve only been gardening for a few months and 90% of that has been indoors. Garden hoses wouldn’t have done much good with no garden – and I don’t think it would have been wise to use a garden hose in my dining room.
My first impulse is to water the world. My second is to get some attachments like hand watering nozzles and a sprinkler, so that I’m not watering the world but watering what I aim for.
Garden Hoses versus Sprinkler Systems
Anyone can turn on a sprinkler system and go back inside while it does all the work – or set a system’s timers so that it does all the work without ever needing someone to tell it to get started. Just wander around once a week and make sure the dog hasn’t chewed through the wiring or the neighborhood ogre hasn’t snapped off any of the sprinkler heads.
But it takes true artistry and dedication (not to mention plenty of sunscreen and a good wide hat) to perform outdoor watering with a garden hose and a hand watering nozzle.
- Don’t stand in one place too long or overwater a single spot while you get lost in your latest Kindle book.
- Get some solid stakes, or those doodads that garden hoses will roll past instead of rolling over your plants, or some big rocks – and do this before you’ve uprooted half your garden by dragging a hose through it.
- If it’s early morning, water the ground thoroughly and the leaves barely.
- If it’s mid-morning, water only the ground, but keep the nozzle pointed away from the actual plant.
- If it’s afternoon and overcast, mist the plants in a sweeping pattern but don’t put too much water on the leaves.
- If it’s evening, avoid letting water land on the leaves or they may develop a rot or fungus.
- Don’t water the pavement; you won’t grow a parking lot.
- If you are going to water deeply, use a bubbler attachment – or point the hose end at a paving stone so the water stream doesn’t erode the soil.
- Don’t run over the garden hose with your lawn tractor. If you have a lawn tractor, can I borrow it?
See? So much to consider with garden hoses.