1 Because of the lack of rainfall, I've had to do a lot more watering around the farm. Fortunately, I have two wells that I use for irrigation purposes - all of the hoses and bibs are connected to an elaborate underground irrigation system.
2 Gilmour has a very durable collection of hoses, nozzles and sprinklers. And, I like that the hoses are gray - it is the coordinating color I use on all the buildings and outdoor furniture at Bedford, a color I designed called Bedford Gray.
3 This rack is from one of my old retail collections - so decorative and so durable. They last many years.
5 During this time of year, I keep the sprinklers near the hoses, so they're always readily available. I also keep wand sprayers near each hose bib to water hard to reach areas, such as behind pots, around bird baths, etc.
6 These oscillating sprinklers are easy to control in a variety of areas - they provide thousands of square feet in water coverage, and I use several around the farm for gently watering plants and lawns.
7 Here's a trick: I use an upside down bucket to gain a bit of height when I use the oscillating sprinklers. This allows the water not to hurt the plants lower to the ground. Never direct strong sprays at adjacent buildings or houses because that may damage the paint on the shingles and doorways, etc.
8 Here is another Gilmour oscillating sprinkler on my terrace parterre. Once the watering at one area is done, it's important to return the sprinklers to their original locations, and always turn off the water at the source. Just turning them off at the sprinkler puts a lot of pressure on the hoses and pipes.
10 This large coverage pattern master sprinkler covers more than 100-feet in diameter.
11 This sprinkler is great to use on lawns. It can easily be adjusted to fit many space configurations.
12 Never direct hard spraying sprinklers at trees - this may mar the bark. Use harder sprays for open spaces and wide lawn areas.
13 This oscillating Gilmour sprinkler is watering my party lawn - an area where I like to set-up croquet and badminton equipment for summer entertaining.
14 Mornings are the best times to water - when water pressure is high, evaporation is low, and the soil can absorb the water before the sun heats up the ground.
16 During the summer, a good watering is done to a depth of about six to eight inches. An even, intermittent sprinkling is best for thorough, deep watering.
18 These nozzles are great for not only watering the plants, but also for washing the cars, and even for rinsing off dirty dog paws on a warm day.
19 These nozzles are very easy to use and can be set to soft or hard sprays. The head of the nozzle turns depending on what is needed.
20 I also use telescoping sprinklers - the heigh, distance and spray patterns can be adjusted to suit individual garden needs.
21 Here is the view of my farm from my terraces. As you can see, things are looking dry, which is why it has been our priority to water. In the distance, you can see an upright or high rise garden sprinkler - they provide gentle, rain-like sprays.
22 In this area, water is spraying another tree allee that lines the path between two adjacent paddocks.
23 Well-established trees with strong, deep root systems will be more drought tolerant. Most of my trees, such as these in the American Beech grove are very hardy and can wait for the next soaking rain.
24 During dry spells, annuals and perennials should be watered about two-inches per week. Vegetable gardens only need about an inch per week. Hopefully this dry spell won't last too much longer. The forecast calls for a good rain later this week.