5 effective watering devices for your lawn

One of the first things you'll notice when you're browsing brochures or websites is a wide variety of watering devices. Here are the basic types and a few things you need to know about each one.

5 effective watering devices for your lawn

Drippers

  • Use these to water individual plants, or buy "inline" drippers and use them in a series with a six millimetre (0.2 inch) tube.
  • Drippers work great for container plants too. They're colour-coded for different flow rates between two litres (half a gallon) per hour and 15 litres (four gallons) per hour.
  • In general, use lower flow rates for less porous soil, like clay, to allow more time for the water to soak in.
  • Buy pressure-compensating drippers to maintain a steady flow despite the water pressure.

Sprayers

  • These are like sprinklers without moving parts.
  • You can choose a spray pattern from a quarter circle up to a full circle, or buy sprayers with adjustable spray patterns.
  • They spray from 15 to 128 litres (four to 34 gallons) per hour and up to a radius of about 3.6 metres (12 feet).
  • Use sprayers to water ground cover or densely planted flower beds.

Bubblers

  • A cross between drippers and sprayers, many bubblers are adjustable for flows up to 132 litres (35 gallons) per hour and diameters to 45 centimetres (18 inches).
  • Since they put out more water than drippers, they're good for larger plants like roses, tomatoes and shrubs.

Soaker drip line

  • Also called emitter tubing, drip line consists of six millimetre or 12 millimetre (0.2 to 0.5 inch) tubing with built-in drippers.
  • It's available with emitters spaced different distances apart for different flow rates.
  • Drip line is great for vegetable gardens or rows of plants. You can use it to encircle shrubs and large plants, or lay it out in a grid pattern as a substitute for sprinklers in a densely planted flower bed.
  • Use six millimetre (0.2 inch) drip line for maximum flexibility.

Sprinklers

  • These are miniature versions of sprinklers you might use in the yard. Most have flow rates between 50 and 150 litres (13 and 40 gallons) per hour and cover a radius of one to three metres (three to ten feet).
  • Since most sprinklers have a relatively high flow rate, you can't use more than about 15 or 20 in one zone of 12 millimetre (0.5 inch) tubing.
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