Flowers Dying Of Thirst? Two Watering Methods To Keep Them Healthy

Watering flowers can be expensive, and it can be hard to find the time to give them all the water they need. Below are two watering methods you can use that will automatically water your flowers for you. This saves you a lot of time, and your flowers will be much healthier.

Drip Irrigation

Instead of watering your flowers overhead where the leaves get a nice shower, water flowers at the roots, which is where they need water the most. This also keeps fungus from growing on the leaves. It is difficult to water only at the roots using a garden hose because you would have to leave the hose at the base of each flower long enough for the water to reach the roots. This can take up a lot of time if you have many flowers.

Drip irrigation is one way that you can provide the roots of your flowers with water, and it is easy to use as you only have to turn it on when you are ready to water.

You can purchase a drip irrigation system at garden centers, and you can install it yourself in only a few hours of your time. Included in the system is instructions on how to install it. It will come with drip tubing, which looks like a garden hose with perforated holes along the bottom of it. You snake the drip tubing around your flowers with the perforated holes facing downward. The end of the tubing screws into a standard outdoor water faucet, such as what you use for your garden hose. Keep it connected, and when it is time to water, simply turn the water on. How long you have to keep the water on depends on how many flowers you are watering and the type of irrigation system you purchased. Cover up the hose with mulch to hide it.

Oscillating Sprinkler

Using a sprinkler system is another way to water your flowers. One type that works well is the oscillating sprinkler.

An oscillating sprinkler system sprays out a curtain of water, and a metal arm moves back and forth to cover an area, such as your flower garden. The water spray can be controlled by turning a knob on the showerhead either left to spray more water or right to spray less water. The water spray can be adjusted by turning a dial to make more or less of an arc. Exactly how you do this depends on the manufacturer you purchased your oscillating sprinkler from.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a program that can help you keep your flowers healthy while using less water.