Irrigation Ideas For Your Garden

Posted on: 6 March 2023

Watering a garden can be a challenging task, especially during hot and dry weather conditions. Fortunately, there are several irrigation ideas that can make watering your garden easier, more efficient, and more effective. Here are some irrigation ideas to try in your gardens.

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is an excellent method of watering a garden because it delivers water directly to the roots of plants, reducing water waste and improving plant health. 

Drip irrigation systems consist of tubes or pipes that have small holes or emitters that allow water to drip out slowly. These systems can be automated to turn on and off at specific times, making it easy to manage watering schedules. 

This method is particularly useful for gardens with a large number of plants, and it can be used in containers and raised beds as well.

Soaker Hoses

Soaker hoses are another excellent way to water a garden. They are made of porous material that allows water to slowly seep out, similar to drip irrigation. The hoses can be laid directly on the ground or buried under a layer of mulch. 

Soaker hoses can be connected to a timer to automate watering schedules, and they are ideal for watering large areas. They're suitable for in-ground and raised beds but will waste a lot of water if used for container gardens.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting involves collecting rainwater in a storage tank and using it to water your garden. This method is eco-friendly, and it can help to conserve water. Rainwater can be collected from rooftops and other surfaces, and it can be stored in barrels or tubs. 

To use this method effectively, it's essential that you have a system in place to filter out debris and contaminants from the water. You also have to live in an area that sees substantial rainfall throughout the growing season, and most systems are built so the irrigation is manually turned on and off.

Rainwater harvesting can be a great complement to other irrigation systems but is often unreliable on its own.

Diverting a Stream

If you have a stream on your property, you can divert some of the water to irrigate your garden. This method involves channeling a portion of the stream to a holding pond or reservoir, which can then be used to irrigate your garden. 

This method requires some engineering and may require permits, so it's important to check with your local authorities before attempting to divert a stream. 

Reach out to a company like Jones' Wells, Pumps and Irrigation to learn more.