Watering Your Garden

We all like to keep our gardens healthy, and a major part of this is ensuring your garden is watered.

This is even more important as the summers are getting warmer.


The most common way of keeping your garden watered is by connecting a hose to either a household tap or outside tap if you have one.

A hose is simple to operate and can be purchased in kits which include the connector for your tap and a sprayer for the watering end. They can also be a relatively cheap to purchase, depending on the length required.

Hoses do have some disadvantages, including ensuring you have enough hose to reach every part of your garden. The hose itself can get tangled, which can cause damage and leaks, as well as frustration. If you do not have an outdoor tap this also means running the hose into your home.

They are also not efficient as they use more water than is required and are often banned during particular dry spells so to limit the populations over use of water.

Water Butts

A greener and more energy efficient way of watering your garden is using a water butt.

These are positioned in your garden in such a way that it captures rainfall. The butt will have a tap towards the bottom of the item to allow you to fill up a watering can.

This is a much kinder way to keep your garden watered, as you are reusing the natural water from rainfall to water your garden instead of using water from your supplier.

The most common way of filling your water butt is by connecting it to a downpipe. This could be a downpipe connected to your house guttering or instead guttering around an outdoor building, such as a shed or summerhouse.

If your garden building does not already have guttering you’ll find kits are available to add one yourself.

The downside to using a water butt is that it takes time to fill and water your garden, with multiple trips to the water butt required should you have a sizeable garden.

Watering Can

The simplest and cheapest way of watering your garden is using a basic watering can.

Filled up by an indoor or outdoor tap, you will find a watering can does not waste as much water as a hose would.

Watering cans can be cheap, and come in a wide variety of sizes, designs and shapes.

The major downside to this way of watering is time and energy, as depending on the size of your garden and the number of plants you own this could take quite a long time, and a number of can re-fills, to complete.

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