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Summer is the season of most vigorous plant growth in gardens, but it is also a period of water scarcity. Effective management and conservation of water resources are crucial for maintaining the health and beauty of gardens. This article will share some practical summer water conservation tips to help you effectively manage the use of garden hoses during hot weather, thereby protecting the environment, saving costs, and maintaining plant growth and health.

Choosing the Right Hose

Length: Select a hose of appropriate length to avoid water wastage. For smaller gardens, opt for shorter hoses; for larger areas, choose longer hoses.
Material: Choose water-saving hoses, such as rubber or ethylene-propylene rubber (EPR) hoses, which have better leak resistance and reduce water wastage.
Diameter: Select the right hose diameter to ensure adequate water flow without excessive waste. For small gardens, a 1/2-inch hose is sufficient; for larger gardens, use 3/4-inch or 1-inch hoses.

OEM Garden Hose
OEM Garden Hose

Watering Techniques

1. Timing of Watering

This is crucial during summer to avoid watering when it’s sunny and hot. Therefore, the best times for watering are before 8 AM and after 10 PM.
At these times, soil temperature is lower, minimizing the risk of scalding plants. Watering during high temperatures can result in a warm-water effect, potentially harming plants.

2. Water Temperature Awareness

Tap water from pipes in buildings or underground is usually not too warm, so it’s generally safe. However, be cautious with rainwater and well water.
Rainwater, exposed to sunlight throughout the day, can become quite warm, so feel it with your hand before using it.
Well water, being groundwater, is cooler. When using well water in summer, especially on very hot days, allow it to adjust to ambient temperature in a container before watering to avoid shocking plants with temperature differences.

3. Use of Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation is an efficient method that directly delivers water drops near plant roots, reducing water waste. Compared to traditional sprinkler systems, drip irrigation lowers water evaporation and surface runoff, thereby improving water use efficiency. Installing drip irrigation systems allows for zone irrigation based on plant types and needs, ensuring each plant receives appropriate water supply.


4. Precise Measurement of Plant Water Needs

Different plants have varying water requirements in summer. Understanding each plant’s characteristics and growth stages helps in accurately measuring their water needs. Drought-tolerant plants like succulents and shrubs may require less water, while large-leaved plants like herbs and vegetables may need more. Regularly check leaf conditions and soil moisture, adjusting watering frequency and amount accordingly.

5. Watering Technique Awareness

Proper watering techniques minimize water wastage. For instance, avoid watering on windy days to prevent water loss or splashing where it’s not needed. Use deep root irrigation methods to allow water to penetrate directly to plant roots rather than watering around the plant surface. Additionally, refrain from watering during midday to reduce rapid evaporation under the sun.

6. Regular Maintenance and Inspection

Regularly inspecting and maintaining garden hoses and irrigation systems is crucial for water conservation. Check hoses for leaks or damage and promptly repair or replace damaged parts. Clean irrigation system filters and nozzles to ensure smooth water flow and high efficiency. Periodically check water pressure and irrigation effectiveness, adjusting system settings to optimize water use efficiency.


By implementing effective summer water conservation tips, you can not only conserve precious water resources but also protect the environment and reduce garden maintenance costs. Proper management of garden hose usage maintains plant growth and health, keeping your garden vibrant and beautiful even during the hot summer months.