Make the Most of Hand Watering

Make the Most of Hand Watering

There's an art to watering well with a handheld hose. When done correctly, hand watering yields amazing results. It's also an enjoyable, relaxing way to spend time in your landscape.

Hand watering is the easiest, most efficient means of irrigating your landscape. Although it seems time consuming, the effort you put into it often yields the best results with minimal water waste.

And, watering by hand is the only method allowed any day and time during drought restrictions.

Some tips to keep in mind:

  • Apply only the amount of water needed and at a slow, steady rate. When water is applied too quickly, it flows away from the plant rather than down to the roots.
  • Use a circular motion when applying water to allow it to soak in more completely. Watering wands with a cut-off feature are helpful.
  • Direct most of the water to the base of the plant and lightly dampen leaves.
  • Be careful not to overwater large shrubs or trees. Unless they are newly planted, their root systems are well developed and don't need as much water as lawns, even during dry spells.
  • Avoid watering at the hottest time of day; pooled water on the ground will simply evaporate and never reach its intended target. Instead, water in the evening or early at daybreak.

Another great benefit of hand watering: leisure time spent in your water-saving landscape. Don't have one? No problem. Just follow our Recipe for a Great Yard.

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Juan Soulas

Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System. Since joining SAWS in 2007 his duties have focused on residential water use. He works with his Conservation colleagues to help customers find ways to reduce outdoor usage without compromising the health and aesthetic quality of their landscapes. Juan also coordinates engaging outreach efforts with SAWS’ conservation partners -- Bexar County Master Gardeners, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – to increase community access to vital conservation information.