Here in Georgia, it takes a lot of water to keep our yards and gardens thriving. While sprinklers and underground sprinkler systems are great for keeping your yard properly irrigated, they cost a lot of money. Not to mention, installing an underground sprinkler system can destroy your yard and take all season to regrow. Luckily there are ways you can stick to an irrigation schedule and save money.
Drip irrigation is a growing trend among gardeners as a low-cost and water-saving method to water a garden. It’s an excellent option if you’re looking for DIY irrigation. Drip irrigation is a network of hoses hooked up to a water source and is commonly used in greenhouses. Crafty farmers drill small holes into the hoses so water can drip out in specific places and only water specific areas. This simple method can easily be done at home. Hook your drip irrigation system to water tanks so gravity delivers the water to your plants, not the weeds.
When it comes to inventing new ways to water your yard, it seems like everything under the sun has been invented. Sometimes simpler is better. It doesn’t get much simpler than punching holes in a plastic soda bottle and attaching it to a hose. To get the right amount of pressure for this to work you’ll want to attach the hose to an outside faucet. The more holes you punch, the less pressure will build up, so fiddle with it until you get the desired coverage.
The biggest problem that gardeners face is weeds. They always seem to grow faster and are stronger than the plants we are trying to grow, but we can’t help watering them too. Well, here is a method that will allow you to water your plants without watering the weeds. This method of watering will even drastically cut your water consumption. Place any sized unglazed flower pot in the ground so just the rim is above the dirt. Water seeps through the clay into the soil as the soil dries. This provides the right amount of water that the crops need. Cover the pot with a small plate or something that will keep mosquitoes from turning your watering system into a nursery.
Utilizing a rain barrel or rain catcher to save rainwater is great for saving large amounts of water for irrigation. You can use any large container to catch the water or buy one online that’s already fitted with a spigot. Attach a hose to the spigot and you have a gravity fed hose that you can attach a spray nozzle to or fill up a watering can. One downside is that it does not provide the pressure necessary to power a traditional sprinkler.