Water Water Everywhere…
Keep your garden hydrated with Van Hage
No more tangled messes in the shed that takes you an age to unravel before the hard work has even begun! We have a huge range of hoses in store and online but here are a few of our favourite picks:
IRRIGATION AND SPRINKLER SYSYTEMS
IRRIGATION AND SPRINKLER SYSYTEMS
Equally Sprinkler Systems take the hard work out of watering a lawn, simply turn this on and sit back in the safe knowledge that your lawn is getting enough water to keep it emerald green throughout the hot weather. You can even make extra holes in your hose sprinkle system with a hose hole punch to control just how much water your grass is receiving.
Here are some of our favourite products:
The Elho Greenville round flowerpots are a great way to keep plants watered if you are away for a few days. This beautiful designer pot made from sturdy recycled plastic is frost proof making it suitable for all seasons in the garden or on the terrace. The pot has an integrated water reservoir so your plants will always have enough water.
Another way to keep plants watered while you are away is by using the Aqua Save Water Spike. This clever little contraption is a simple screw top that you can attach to an old, recycled drink bottle. Just fill the bottle with water, attach the aqua save and push into the soil of your plant pot or hanging basket. The water is gradually released into the soil, so even if you’re not around, your plants are getting everything they need. You can even add plant food to the water to help keep your flowers in blooming marvellous condition.
Collecting rainwater is not only a great way to keep your plants hydrated but it will also help to reduce your carbon footprint. A water container is the most efficient way you can do this, and we have a huge range from Garantia to choose from. From the more traditional designs to something more stylish where the tank is disguised as a plant pot - we have it covered.
With the latter, plants can be planted in the top of the tank and the rainwater collects in the large chamber below. These are great for small gardens as you don’t need space for both plant pots and a water butt – so many designs to choose from including stone and wood effects.
Here’s a few of our favourite picks:
Garantia Garden Tank 1000L Green
Garantia Rocky Walltank 400L Redstone
Garantia Stone Watertank 350L Silver
Garantia Antique Amphora 600L Terracotta
Garantia Woody Wall Tank 350L Darkwood
WATER FEATURESWater Features not only look great and create a relaxing environment for us to enjoy but they also produce a humid environment for our plants.
We just love:
Water Retention gels are a superb way to keep soil moist and are great if you are away. Simply follow the instructions on the packet and mix into the soil around you plant. Smart Garden Hanging Garden FertiGel Plant Feed & Water Retention is a two-in-one fertiliser and water storing crystals.
We also stock Smart Garden 400G Aquagel. These are ideal for pots, containers and hanging baskets and they reduce the need for regular watering and are suitable for flowers, fruits and vegetables indoor and outdoor plants. Many of our composts from Westland include moisture retention technology too helping to keep your plants hydrated.
MULCH AND GRAVEL
Make sure you look after yourself in the heat too by keeping hydrated, wearing sun cream and staying in the shade. Check out our parasol and gazebo ranges and why not look at our paddling pool selection to keep the little ones cool while they play.
Before you go, we’d like to share some top tips with you.
We recommend that you water your garden as often as you can, even after light showers. Unless we have experienced a long period of heavy rain, you will still need to make sure the soil around your plants is moist (not water-logged though!). A light sprinkling over the top of your plants is not sufficient either, make sure you water a good amount low down at the root.
Pots and containers require watering frequently in dry weather as they do not have the benefit of open beds to source the moisture they require.
It is a myth that watering plants during the hottest part of the day can scorch the leaves of your plant, however water from a hose rather than rainwater from a water butt may have salts and chemical residue (for instance, chlorine or fluoride) and this can leave damage marks on the leaves that look like they have been burned once the water has evaporated.
Night watering is not a good idea because plants are more susceptible to fungal diseases during the naturally damper, cooler conditions of night.
When choosing plants for your garden read the label carefully or better still find a member of our friend Outside team for some expert help and advice. Make sure the plant you are buying suits the area you want to plant it in. Does the plant prefer shade or sun? How exposed is the area in your garden? Is it a windy location? This can dry plants out too. Have you chosen a large or fast-growing plant that’s likely to over-shadow other plants and take a lot of the moisture and nutrients out of the ground that could impact the other plants in the immediate area?
Keep your eye on your houseplants in hot weather too as they tend to dry out more frequently. Few houseplants like sitting in water though so be sure to drain them thoroughly before putting them back in their pot covers.
Lots to consider, but don’t despair! Getting the right care for your garden will ensure it thrives and will be a joy for you and your loved ones throughout the summer!