The Finer Points of Hand Watering

Mark Peterson

There is an art to hand watering with a handheld hose and using one proficiently. Hand watering with a handheld hose is allowed any day and time. It’s also an enjoyable, relaxing way to spend time in your yard.

You’d be surprised how many people don’t know the finer techniques of hand watering. There’s a trick to watering efficiently without creating excessive evaporation or runoff. Our soils generally don’t allow rapid permeation, so it’s important to gradually apply small amounts of water.

  • Start at one section of your landscape and move slowly in one direction.
  • Keep moving – You don’t want to create puddles of water.
  • Repeat the process until you’ve covered your whole landscape.

Proper maintenance will extend the life of your garden hose. Always bring it in from the elements. Gently work out any kinks by hand. Coil it in loose loops, and hang it on something (but never a nail or wire hook). Treat your garden hose like a prized tool and it will serve you well for years to come.

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