Is it bad to use a sprinkler to water your tomatoes? I've done it in the past but now I'm being told not to top water them. Should I be using a different method...like a soaker hose or water at the base with a hose?
I too have used a sprinkler in the past...early in the morning so less evaporation and gave the leaves time to dry off before the noon sun..I had no probs..but after my neighbor who was doing the same thing started to develop some fungal diseases on his plants, I started using seeper hoses.
Gilmour is what they are I think. They are the flat nylon type and work great.
Keeps the leaves dry and just waters the base....I run them once a week for about an hour = about 1" of rain..when it starts to get hot, I'll let the plants let me know when they need water.
NOTE: you can still use one of those hand held fertilizer sprayers to feed the plants via foliar..just do it early in the morning and NEVER in the afternoon when the sun is high..
Hope I haven't jumped the gun here but I planted my tomato plants yesterday evening! I just couldn't wait any longer. I got the garden tilled up after adding some composted manure and it was just begging to be worked in. I would have stayed out there longer but it got dark! LOL!
I have soaker hoses but I've been top watering so far. I've gotten ( as usual ) disorganized in my planting so I can't run soakers. I water later at nite as teh sun sets. So far so good... I have a few golf ball size tomatoes.