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Dale's hose watering techniques - Don't buy silly hose attachments

 
Dale Hodgins
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I have no shortage of water. I am short on time. Every watering device that I have ever seen reduces the flow. I tested a few recently. I sprayed water into a 5 gallon bucket using only the hose and then using various nozzles. Some reduced flow by 80%. This was on the soaker setting. On mist, one reduced flow by 95%. It took 20 times as long to fill the pail !!! If I'm going to the trouble of adding water, it's going to be a deluge.

The human hand is far more useful than the flood of failed watering gismos.

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Sometimes I want to water a particular spot but I don't want to blast the leaves off or erode the soil.

The one finger method works for distance.

Two fingers shorten the distance that the water will travel. If those fingers are held apart, any number of variations can be achieved.

A soaker can be achieved by cupping the hand over the hose.
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Bricks and rocks absorb the erosive power of a strong hose stream. Stepping stones, posts and the stems of large plants can all be used to spread the water.

Sometimes I want to cause erosion. Big clods of dead sod and other lumpy stuff can be eroded away and washed to where it is needed. I pile dead sod by potatoes that will need to be hilled to protect the tubers from the sun. Soil washed from the clods, spreads out in little alluvial plains which build up as the season progresses. At the farm, the soil on the hugel mound is easily eroded, so I pile up soil and amendments uphill from things that could use more soil.
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