While a lawn sprinkler may be a good method for the lawn, it may not be the best way to water a vegetable garden. Pick a watering device that matches the needs of you and your garden.
Root feeders have become popular for watering trees and shrubs. You’ll want to place it further from the trunk and only 12-18 inches into the soil. This is where the roots that take in water are found.
Soaker hoses are one of the best ways to water plants, especially vegetable gardens and flowerbeds. They allow water to weep out gently over the entire length of the hose. The benefit of using these hoses is that the leaves are never wet, lowering the possibility of diseases. The water goes right to the root system and very little is lost to evaporation.
Soaker hoses must be left on for a length of time to water deeply. 1-inch of water penetrates about six inches in clay soil. Let your hose run for a while, then dig down with a trowel to see how deep the water went. If it is less than six inches, the hose needs to run longer.