In case you missed it, I’m working with HydroRoot this summer to test out their watering devices in my garden. Keeping up with watering is one of our biggest challenges at the community garden, so to say I was excited about using HydroRoot is an understatement.
It’s been 2 months since I installed HydroRoot in our community garden plot, and I promised to keep you posted on my experience. If you missed my first post, you can read that here… Plant Watering Devices For Your Garden.
So many people tell me that their biggest struggle is watering the garden. During the peak of summer, it’s hot and the soil drys out really fast. If you’re only surface watering your plants, they’ll never get enough water when the heat is on. When you water with a hose or a sprinkler, the water is being shot over the top of the garden. Much of that water will run off the surface of the soil rather than soaking in, and some if it will evaporate before it even reaches the ground. Plus, who wants to stand out in their garden when it’s 100F with 90% humidity. Yuck! Not me! That’s where HydroRoot comes to the rescue!
What Is HydroRoot?
HydroRoot is a neat little invention that is specifically designed to make it super easy to properly water your plants. Here’s how they work… how the HydroRoot devices work. Basically, you install the HydroRoot next to the base of the plant so when you water your plant, HydroRoot directs the water right into the root system for deep watering. They make it super easy to water your plants, and you don’t have to stand there with the hose forever. Simply fill the HydroRoots with water, and you’re done!
Benefits Of Using HydroRoot In The Garden
- directs water (and liquid fertilizer) deep down into the roots of the plant to ensure proper watering.
- helps to control weeds, because you’re only watering your plants, not the entire garden.
- conserves water, which is awesome for periods of drought!
- makes it super easy to use liquid fertilizer on each individual plant, so there’s no waste.
- can be used in containers and planters as well as other places in the landscape, like in your flower and vegetable gardens.
- will help to enhance the effect of a drip irrigation system, simply direct the nozzle into the HydroRoot for deep watering.
My Experience Using HydroRoot
I installed HydroRoot devices in only half of my community garden, so that I could easily do a side-by-side comparison.
I really love how easy the HydroRoot makes it to water my plants and give them liquid fertilizer. It’s funny because it actually annoys me now when I water the other half of the garden, and I see water running off the soil away from the plants. All I keep thinking is “great, now I’m watering the weeds!”. Haha! I also don’t feel certain that the plants without HydroRoots are getting enough water or a good feeding when I use liquid fertilizer. I feel like most of the fertilizer is probably running off too (feeding the weeds of course!).
Another thing I really like about the HydroRoot is that I can leave them in the ground year round. It’s nice to know that I don’t have to worry about pulling them out of the ground in the fall (and figuring out where to store them). I can just leave them right where they are, and use them year after year. This is especially nice if you’re using them in a perennial flower garden!
One thing HydroRoot warned me about when they sent me the watering devices is that they don’t have a cover. When we first installed them, I was worried this would be a problem because the straw mulch we use was falling into the HydroRoot. But, it turns out that it’s not that big of a deal. It’s easy to pull out the straw once and a while if too much gets in there. Otherwise, I just pour the water into the HydroRoot and the straw pretty much just floats to the top. I think of it as added fertilizer for the plants. Haha! But don’t worry, HydroRoot is working on designing covers for the HydroRoot, so this won’t be an issue for long.
Where To Find HydroRoot
You can buy these plant watering devices on the HydroRoot website. Here is the size that I’m testing out in my garden… 12oz HydroRoot. They have more sizes coming soon, and also a few other products for sale on their site too, so check them out… HydroRoot’s products.
You can also buy HydroRoot devices on Amazon here.
When you use HydroRoot, you can feel confident that your plants are getting an adequate amount of water. Plus you’re not wasting water or fertilizer – or watering and feeding the weeds in the process!
I’ll be checking in one more time at the end of the season to give you my final results of using HydroRoot in my community garden this year, so keep an eye out for that.
More Tips For Garden Maintenance
- Easy DIY Garden Drip Irrigation System
- Beginner’s Guide to Mulching Your Vegetable Garden
- How To Water A Vegetable Garden (The Right Way!)
- 5 Tips for Watering Your Vegetable Garden