1. Buying a watering can that won’t water the majority of your garden
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2. Buying a watering can with a built-in sprinkler head
One common mistake is to buy a watering can that comes with a built-in sprinkler head. These watering cans are meant for watering hard-to-reach flowers or plants, but are often purchased by homeowners who plan to use them on all of their plants. But if you’re thinking about doing that, we’ve got some bad news for you: sprinklers waste water and make your plants unhappy. There’s also a good chance that by the time the water reaches your plant (if it does at all), it will be freezing cold and do more damage than good.
A better option is to find a can with an attached hose—it might seem like it would be more difficult to direct the water flow, but in practice it allows you much more control over how much of your precious H2O gets wasted (that’s not something we usually think about when we’re trying to get things done quickly). As an added bonus, using a hose means that you won’t need to bend down multiple times throughout the process; instead of struggling with pushing a button on top of the can while trying not to spill any water along the way, just hold onto the hose and move wherever you want within your garden or yard!
3. Choosing a watering can that looks cute but is hard to use
You might have a favorite watering can that you love to use, but if you’re new to houseplants, choosing the best type of watering can for your needs can be tricky. To help make things easier for you, here are some tips:
- Make sure the watering can is small enough and light enough that it’s not too cumbersome or awkward, but large enough to provide adequate water. A small plant on a windowsill doesn’t need much water at all, so an enormous watering can will just get in your way.
- Keep in mind the walls and furniture around where you’ll be using it—it’s nice to have something that looks cute, but if it leaves streaks or drips every time you use it, then go ahead and buy something that looks boring instead.
- Green is a good neutral color for houseplants, so try to choose a watering can with green accents instead of pink or other colors.
4. Not thinking about what type of spout is easier for you to use
In my experience, watering cans are one of the most confusing gardening tools to buy. I say this because there are so many different possibilities to confuse you. Should you get a straight spout or a curved spout? There’s also the option for a rose spout, but what does that even mean?
Straight: The straight spout is your classic watering-can style. It allows for ease of use if you’re planning on watering large areas or plants with deep roots, like palm trees. Curved: A curved spout is great for getting into small spaces or plants with shallow roots. It can also help with angling when applying water in smaller amounts since it’s easy to maneuver. Rose: This is your fancy watering can and comes in at a much higher price point than the other styles out there—but it might be worth it if you have time and money to spare. Rose spouts have multiple holes along their length and shoot water out like a sprinkler would, making them ideal for lightly spraying delicate plants that need even application of water while still leaving dry surfaces intact (like grass). How do you choose between these options?
The best way to decide which type of watering can spout best suits your needs is by thinking about what type of garden space you’ll be using it in. If you plan on using the watering can mostly outside on hardscaped surfaces where you want to water large areas efficiently, then go ahead with the traditional straight spout and enjoy its ease-of-use; however, if most of your watering will take place inside your home where delicate surfaces like carpets need protection from water damage (which is especially important during winter months), then consider spending more money on an extra feature or two that will make everyone happy: get a rose-style sprinkle head for light misting indoors as well as outside!
5. Using a watering can with holes too small for your plants
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6. Using a watering can made of the wrong material
Despite its name, the watering can has many non-watering uses. It can be used to extinguish fires, wash your car, and punish criminals. The history of the watering can is a long and storied one. We know that in 13th century China they were already a common household item for use in agriculture. They spread throughout Europe and then eventually American colonies with Dutch traders. Along the way, watering cans took on many forms: iron pots, copper pots, brass pots, tin cans…the list goes on! Despite these myriad designs, it wasn’t until 1858 that Jane Loudon published The Ladies’ Companion to Gardening with Watering Cans that we were gifted with our first true how-to book on proper use of the watering can. And here I am today passing down this knowledge to you!
Regardless of whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned pro looking for some extra tips to improve your environment management skills, below are six important things about watering cans you should be aware of regardless of what style or material your watering can is made out of:
#1–Use Glass Or Ceramic Materials At Your Own Risk
While metal will rust and cause excessive plant damage if it comes into contact with soil or water at too high a temperature (see picture), there are other materials that might have negative effects as well. For example: glass or ceramic materials could lead to excessive water weight gain if left soaking in water for long periods of time. This problem is unique only to glass or ceramic materials when compared with other materials like plastic because they lack permeability relative to their mass and density—meaning a glass pot may take longer to dry than a plastic pot would because water doesn’t escape very easily from its pores (a property known as “permeability”). Be sure not leave your pot soaking in water overnight so as not harm the soil around where you’ve buried it!
7. Buying a watering can with a plastic handle instead of metal
Metal watering cans are not only more comfortable to use, but they are also better suited for the cold and wetness of winter. Although you can water your plants in any weather with a plastic watering can, a metal can will be able to stand up better to the elements. They’re also easier to hold on to because they tend to have sturdy handles that won’t become slippery when wet or if your hands are slightly damp from handling potting soil. Finally, metal cans offer more durability than plastic ones, which is important if you tend to accidentally drop your watering can often—in fact, some companies make rain guzzlers out of recycled steel milk jugs!
If you’re looking for a high quality watering can that won’t require constant replacement due to damage from rust and cracks, consider investing in one made from brushed steel or aluminum. Many models are available as a standalone or in sets of multiple sizes—the smallest model may be perfect for seedlings while the largest works well with larger shrubbery—making it an investment that will last years and come in handy regularly due to its versatality.
A blog about watering cans and how to best use it.
I’m not a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, but every summer I manage to find myself with some time and/or desire to dig up our yard. Out of necessity, I’ve learned how to make my watering cans do some pretty impressive things—like turn into giant sponges so that I can soak my grass clippings until they’re dry enough for me to mulch them or clean a patio or driveway.
Over the years, I’ve made a few mistakes with my watering cans, and wanted to share them with you before you make the same mistakes.
- Don’t forget your gardening gloves! If you forget to pack them in the car and don’t have another pair on hand when using your watering can, it’s going to be messy.
- Before using a watering can for anything other than irrigation purposes (like spraying water on plants), wash it off first by filling it with water and scrubbing down the inside of it until sterilized. If you need an extra push into washing your watering can thoroughly: use bleach or chlorine bleach (cleaning agents) or disinfectant wipes because these are stronger cleaners that will kill germs from moldy soil in just one application:
- Using your water pressure as opposed to turning on a hose can cause some damage over time because if there’s low pressure in your faucet when you turn on a hose, it will waste more water than would otherwise be needed; same thing happens if you use too much pressure at once because if there’s low pressure in your faucet when you turn on a hose then it will waste more water than would otherwise be needed; this is why we recommend placing several sprinklers around where you want your lawn watered so that even though one sprinkler might seem like too many “pumps” at once, each one is only drawing from the same source and wasting less water overall than if used alone; this is also why we always recommend setting up multiple sprinklers around where
If you’re a gardener, you know the struggle of picking out the right watering can. There are so many out there! And if you don’t pick the right one, your plants will suffer.
But if you’re a newbie gardener, you might not know all of the important factors to consider when picking out a watering can. That’s why we’ve created this list of annoying watering can mistakes and how to avoid them!
Mistake #1: Picking a watering can that’s too small
You have an adorable little plant in your window that needs water. You go to Target and see a cute little watering can that matches your decor. It seems perfect! But then… you give it a go, and suddenly your entire kitchen is flooded with water. What happened? You just picked a watering can that was too small for the job.
Instead: When choosing a watering can, make sure the size of the pot is appropriate for the size of the plant. If you have a potted plant on your windowsill, go with something much smaller than what you would use for an outdoor plant.
Mistake #2: Picking one that’s too heavy
You’ve got beautiful houseplants all over your home, and you’re
It’s a common misconception that watering cans are reserved for grandmas, gardening clubs, and people who just love tending to their roses. We’re here to tell you that watering cans are for everyone, and we want to help you get the most out of yours.
Keep reading to get our expert tips on watering can usage, so you never have to deal with another annoying watering can mistake again.
With the spring season upon us, it’s time to break out the watering cans and start sprucing up our gardens! Or maybe you’re a total newbie at gardening? Either way, we’re here to help you avoid some heartbreaking and easily-avoidable watering can mistakes.
Mistake #1: Don’t water your plants at night. It’s dark, so you can’t even see what you’re doing! You’ll probably end up using too much water, and unless the plant is actually in need of more water, this will result in root rot.
Mistake #2: Don’t use too many chemicals in your garden. We know that sometimes bugs and critters can be a real problem (especially if you live in a place like New York City), but using too many chemicals on your plants can actually hurt them. If possible, try to use non-chemical solutions that work just as well at keeping pests away from your plants.
Mistake #3: Only water when the soil is dry. Not only does this help you conserve water, it also helps prevent root rot by making sure you aren’t overwatering. The best way to tell if the soil is dry is to get down on your hands and knees and dig around a
We all know how frustrating it can be when your favorite houseplant starts to look a little droopy—and you’re pretty sure it’s your fault. We’ve all been there, but we don’t have to stay there! Here are some of the most common mistakes people make with their watering cans, and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Not using the right kind of watering can for your plant type
Many people don’t realize that different plants have different watering needs. For instance, succulents need much less water than spider plants. Pothos like a lot of moisture, but cacti, not so much! You can hurt or even kill your plants if you’re not giving them what they need. If you’re not sure, ask a friend who has plants of their own or visit a local plant store and ask one of their experts.
Mistake #2: Watering too often or not often enough
The amount of time between waterings varies greatly by each kind of plant. However, if you tend to overwater your plants and find yourself coming home from work every night to discover a bunch of rotting leaves in your kitchen sink (eww!), try waiting until the soil feels dry before adding more water.
Have you ever thought to yourself: “I just want to water my plants, but every time I try, it’s like the whole process is cursed.” You’re not alone! People have been trying to water their plants for centuries, and it has never been easy.
Let’s take a look at some of the most irritating mistakes people make when watering their plants and how you can avoid them in the future:
1. I’m not a surgeon! How many times have you heard patients say that? Well, it turns out that your plants don’t like being treated like a patient. You should avoid cutting into your plant with your watering can spout. It may seem like the quickest way to get the job done, but your plants won’t thank you for it.
2. Your watering can is not a phone booth: Don’t think that just because someone else was able to do it in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace that you can too. Calling your friends while watering your plant is dangerous and irresponsible. If you absolutely must call someone while you water your plant (and this is by no means recommended), use speakerphone and maintain a safe distance from your plant at all times
1. Filling it with water
2. Filling it with dirt
3. Watering your plants too much
4. Watering your plants too little
5. Getting a smaller or bigger watering can than you need