Summer Irrigation: Effective Ways to Water Your Lawn or Garden

Here in the hot sweltering heat of our Texas summers water is vital for the survival of our lawn and garden plants. Keeping your grass watered is key to achieving a beautiful yard and preventing weeds from sprouting up. But which summer irrigation method should you choose? There’s more than one way to keep your yard and garden watered during the dog days of summer.

 

Drip irrigation is just one of the many summer irrigation options to water your Galveston, TX lawn this summer.

Drip Irrigation System

This is a very common method used in commercial and local greenhouses to keep trees, and shrubs watered regularly. Drip irrigation systems allow you to direct water to the desired location without watering weeds at the same time. You can even hook it up to a timer so that you don’t have to worry about turning it on and off. You can purchase drip irrigation supplies here or do it yourself by punching holes in a regular garden hose.

 

DIY Bottle Sprinkler

If you have a small yard or garden and want something simple and cheap, try out a bottle sprinkler. 

  • Step 1:  Purchase a two-liter bottle of soda and drink the contents.
  • Step 2: Using a nail or other sharp object poke three rows of five holes about an inch apart.
  • Step 3: Use a ¾ inch coupler to attach your hose to the bottle.
  • Step 4: Turn on the water. When the bottle fills up the pressure will force the water out of the holes.

 

Sunken Pot or Bucket

If you have a large garden, then you know what a pain it is to water everything using a watering can, especially in this Texas heat. Sprinklers make this duty a lot easier but has one huge drawback — it also waters your weeds. Thankfully some genius gardener came up with an idea that can water your plants but not the weeds without using a sprinkler. For this method, you will either need an unglazed flower pot or a 5-gallon bucket.

  • Bucket: For the 5-gallon bucket just drill some holes along the bottom of the bucket and place it in a hole so that about half of it sticks above the ground. Plant your vegetables or flowers around the bucket. Add water to the bucket and watch it leak through the holes, underground, feeding the roots of your plants but not the shallow roots of the weeds.

 

  • Flower Pot: For the flower pot method you don’t need to drill any holes. If the pot is unglazed then the water will be absorbed into the side of the pot and leach out into the soil at a steady rate.

 

Utilizing a rain catch for summer irrigation is an economical and environmentally friendly way to water your Galveston, TX lawn.

Rain Catcher/Gravity Fed System

Many gardeners and farmers around the country use this method for a variety of reasons. All they consist of is a large object that can collect rainwater from your downspouts. This can be as simple as a horse trough or a store-bought collection system. Either way, it’s a great method to harvest your own water and reduce your environmental impact. Store-bought varieties will usually come with a spigot already installed. Just hook up a hose and you can either attach a sprayer to it or turn it into a drip irrigation system.

 

Professional Irrigation System

If you are looking for a summer irrigation system that requires the least amount of work, then a professional underground system is for you. Most suburban homes and commercial properties use these to keep their grass happy and healthy all year without lifting so much as a finger. At Choice Home & Commercial Services we provide professional sprinkler installation to take the work and worry out of your hands. Once installed, our technicians will show you how to set it up; you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to water your lawn again.

Call (713)- 227-7200 or contact us on our website.