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Southern California Regional Reports

Garden Hose Review

Select the best type of hose for your irrigation needs and garden layout

This hose is kept out of the way in a decorative, hollowed-out rock. Photo: Francesca Corra

As we convert our thirsty lawns to more California-friendly gardens, all sorts of wonderful things happen. What most often occurs is that a large, flat expanse that was watered with overhead sprinklers now becomes a series of outdoor rooms, or destinations, linked with pathways. Even when irrigation is installed, it is often necessary to water selectively as plants get established. And when new plants are added, we want to give them more water than surrounding mature plants. Additionally, if potted plants are placed throughout the garden, they often need to be watered by hand unless they have their own separate irrigation zones. With a lawn, it’s easy enough to drag a hose to each perimeter bed, but without a lawn, you should think of where to site additional hose spigots so that you are not crushing your plants as you maneuver about.

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