Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gardening Article: Select the Right Watering Equipment for your Landscaping

From herb containers on your apartment’s windowsill to extensive gardens that surround your estate, all plants need water to thrive. Keep your garden and lawn green, healthy and attractive when you water it properly. Instead of buying a shed full of garden hoses and attachments, though, select the right equipment to hydrate your landscape.

Gardening Hoses

Typically made of rubber, nylon, PVC or other flexible materials, hoses attach to your outdoor spigot and carry water as far as they reach. Many can extend 50 feet or more, allowing you to water plants all around your home. Because they are versatile, use them without attachments or with sprinklers and nozzles.

You can also use hoses that are specially designed to deliver water efficiently and thoroughly to plant roots. Known as soaker hoses, they operate without attachments or supervision. Water gently seeps out of the holes and into the ground where it nourishes plants rather than causing mud holes or running down the street.

Adjustable Gardening Hose Nozzle

As attachments to your watering hoses, nozzles deliver water via several types of sprays. Nozzle options range from a fine mist that protects lambs ears and other flowers with delicate leaves or jet spray that provide a solid soaking to sturdier plants like bamboo. Simply twist the nozzle to select the spray type you want, and then aim at the plants and squeeze the trigger.

Extension Gardening Hose Nozzle

Hanging plants won’t receive nourishment from a ground sprinkler, and you don’t want to climb a ladder with the watering can every day. Attach an extension nozzle to the garden hose, and satisfy thirsty hanging baskets. An extension nozzle also works perfectly when you need to water plants on a hillside or in window boxes.

Gardening Shower Wand

Designed to imitate natural rainfall, a shower wand gently mists your flowers and plants. It’s the preferred watering method for delicate plants because it won’t deliver a hard stream of water that damages fragile leaves and petals.

Industrial Strength Gardening Hose Nozzle

When you need more power, use an industrial strength nozzle. It streams water to plants the hoses can’t reach, and it washes debris and dirt off lawn furniture or the deck.

Garden Sprinklers

Save yourself time by setting up an automatic watering system. A sprinkler system works off a timer and delivers a set amount of water to your lawn or garden every night when the weather is cooler and ground is most likely to soak it up. If you don’t have money or space to install an automatic system, place a rotating, oscillating or whirling sprinkler on your lawn. You’ll need to move it frequently to ensure every plant receives a drink, and sprinklers on wheels make that job easier.

Gardening Watering Can

Hard-to-reach plants sometimes escape the reach of a sprinkler because they’re hidden behind larger plants or are located out of the sprinkler’s path. Fill a watering can, and manually water any plants that don’t have access to water. If possible, conserve water when you fill the watering can with rainwater that collects in your rain barrel.

Never underestimate the value of the proper watering system. It allows you to maintain the health and vibrancy of all the plants you nurture, including the herbs you grow on your windowsills and the extensive gardens that surround your estate. Which watering tools do you prefer using?

Image courtesy of gardenersworld.com.

About the author: Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area and she writes on behalf of Sears and other deserving brands. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master's degree.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Old-Fashioned Sweet Peas are Blooming

I put a whole package of sweet peas in a plastic pot to grow last fall and the seeds did well and grew tall enough for me to plant them in the ground against the trellis next to the front porch. Since spring the sweet pea vines have been covered in flowers and continue to flower for a long period of time.

I've tried for years to get something to grow in that spot and it is finally looking great! The sweet peas are very fragrant and about five feet tall with pink and purple flowers, the vines are a little shorter than some sweet pea vines. I also planted a perennial variety of sweet peas around the same time in the back yard under my metal obelisk. The perennial sweet pea has less flowers but is a really tall vine and stretches all over the obelisk and fence behind it. I'm going to save seeds from both sweet pea varieties and try planting them in my front yard trellis boxes.

I have a red passionflower vine in each of the boxes that were planted last fall and neither vine is growing at all, really disappointing. Hopefully the sweet peas will grow so I have something blooming up the trellis. Hard to understand that passionflower vines grow like wild all through our front and back yards but can't grow in the trellis boxes. Considering the trellis boxes used to have passionflower vines growing in there its been frustrating to say the least, especially since we dug out the old dirt and added new dirt and time-released fertilizer for the boxes. Sure hope the sweet peas will grow there after I plant the seeds.

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