It probably seems strange to start thinking about watering systems so early in the season, but this is the time to think about installing water lines or systems that that need to be in place before the plants emerge.
I lay soaker hoses in some of my perennial beds and laced through the raspberry patch just in case we get a very dry spell and I need to water them.
However, I use another system altogether for my blueberries – which are heavy drinkers – and my tomatoes. The “shrubbler” system I purchased from Lee Valley Tools is the best system I have ever used. It uses less water because it concentrates the water around the plants I target, rather than watering all the ground in between.
Each plant gets its own little sprinkler or shrubbler, which can be adjusted to spread over an area as large as 3’. Because they are only about 8” off the ground, they also do not splash over the foliage – they just soak the ground. The basic set up costs about $49 and can easily be expanded. Check it out at www.leevalley.com in the section with low flow watering devices.