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If you want to keep your garden growing perfectly but do not want to waist water, then a watering system is essential!

But did you know that there are three different types of watering systems available? How do you know which is best for your home and situation?

Today I have decided to take a trip to the garden and assess this question.

There are basically three different types of watering system available, they are the microspray, the drip and the pop-up system.  Each one has different features and are useful in different situations.  Here is a bit more information about each to allow you to choose the one most suited to your needs.

Drip

As its name suggest the drip system delivers water slowly to your plant via an underwater drip system.  The advantages are that the water is delivered directly to the plant’s roots and there is little or no chance of the water being evaporated or affected by other elements.  The amount of water you disperse is controlled which means you can easily cater nature with the amount you apply.

The only thing to consider is that all plants on the drip system loop should require a similar amount of water, otherwise while you may be meeting the needs of one plant you could be over watering or underwatering another.

Microspray

The microspray system works best for small rockeries, ferneries and vegetable gardens.  But you will need to be careful when you water your plans timing it to be in the early morning or late evening, otherwise you could risk burning your plants.

Water is sprayed in a light fine mist from the system over the plants and the soil, this is then sucked up by both the foliage and the soil.

Pop-Up

The final style is the pop-up style, which effectively pops up to water your garden when turned on, and retracts into the ground when not being used.  The Pop-Up system is fantastic for larger areas of plants and lawn as it simply pops up to water and then disappears when not required.

Like the Microspray unit, you must consider when you turn on the Pop-Up unit so as not to damage your plants by burning them.  Turn the Pop-Up system on in the morning or early evening for most benefit.

Find all your watering system needs in the DIY Bargain Bin Turf / Grass  and Plants section or the Water Features section.

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Today we have gone searching the internet to find different ideas for water features that involve pots! Here are our three favourites, which show a range of different ideas.

1. Eros Water Feature – Egyptian themed pouring pots with a bright LED light in each pot to make it look great day or night.  We like how small this one is, so would be great tucked in a neat corner to make a feature out of it.

2. Grecian Urn – This pot is available in Australia and works fantastically as the feature on this garden pool.  Of course you could use any pot to create this look.

3. Solar Powered Blue Ceramic Cascade Water Fountain – This is a gorgeous pot fountain idea and what is even better is that it recycles all the water it uses and is operated using solar power.  Each of the bowls and pots are glazed terracotta, which rest on sturdy metal frames.  The solar panel is then placed some distance away.

So those are three different ideas to get you thinking.  But the best thing about creating a water feature with pots is that you can create it yourself!  Here we give you some links to water feature plans and designs that we like!

Making a Single Pot Fountain

eHow provide a step by step single pot fountain guide on their website.  You can access the instructions by clicking on the link above.  This is a simple but beautiful fountain that would work perfectly in a corner of a garden or as a centre piece.

Our second single pot fountain guide comes from Better Homes and Gardens.

Multi Pot Fountains

eHow also has a small three clay pot fountain that would look good on a front porch or other small area and our final guide to creating a larger feature three pot fountain is this biggie from Matha Stewart’s website.

Remember when planning a water feature to consider water conservation.  Also ensure that your water is moving to avoid it becoming a breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects.

For different water feature ideas check out the DIY Bargain Bin Water Features, Statues and Gargoyles section or to create your own pot water feature like the four we have featured here, see the DIY Bargain Bin Turf, Grass, Plants, Seeds, Bulbs, Trees, Pots and Planters section.