Plants’ survival, especially during a drought depends on how often they are watered. To some gardeners, one excuse or another is the major reason for poor garden health. Meanwhile, irrigation could have been the breakthrough for a healthy garden.
That said, here’s all you need to know about garden irrigation systems –
Garden Irrigation Systems
The wet season is one that many horticulturists and gardeners look forward to because they can rely on nature to help them feed their plants.
Of course, the season will eventually come to an end, a rather dry one. That’s when you’ll see the need for some form of a garden irrigation system.
Garden irrigation is the means of artificially adding water to the soil via various systems such as drip irrigation, pop-up sprinklers, garden hose, and many others.
These systems do not only allow the passage of water down to your soil, they have ingenious techniques that allow the needed amount of water to reach the soil.
With these, gardening has become much easier.
Kinds of Garden Irrigation Systems and their Benefits –
A movable sprinkler or pop-up sprinkler is great for your convenience. Sprinklers deliver good coverage with adjustable features to redirect and fit the size of your garden or lawn. They also save a lot of time that you can channel to other aspects of your garden.
Drip Irrigation conserves water as it discharges it at a slow rate and applies water where it is needed.
It helps to reduce fungal diseases in plants because it’s buried in the soil, unlike irrigation systems that wet the surface and cause evaporation of water. 80% of water consumption is reduced when a drip system is used.
This is great if you decide to grow a tree in your garden. The bag is situated at the base of the stem so that when filled with water, it slowly goes down to the ground and saturates the area of the root ball.
This can go with a timer for automatic watering. Although micro jets don’t travel further than a 2-meter radius, it can be used on a flower bed, landscape, and as a roof sprayer for a greenhouse. Like the drip system, the microjet manages water.
This is a single plant container sectioned into two parts. With the upper pot holding the soil, the second pot is a reservoir containing water that wicks up to the soil. However, water is filled in through the opening in the second pot, daily, to feed the soil.
Fitting your Landscape Design
It’s one thing to consider a system of garden irrigation and another thing to find the one that best suits your landscape design.
The following steps should guide you –
Map out your garden and make a diagram that points out the location of your plants. Consider the types of plants you have so you can decide the system that best soothes them and their growth.
Also, use the map to get a visual aid that will guide you in deciding the positions to fix the pipes and tubes and the amount of water to sustain the plants.
Now, it’s time to build your irrigation system. Go ahead and do this. You could probably handle the simple ones.
If it’s a bit more complicated, or one that requires prior work to be done on your landscape, then you might have to leave it for the professionals.
That’s where we come in. At Stoeckig Landscape Group, hardscaping, landscape design, and landscaping is our forte. We have the right fixtures and technical know-how to help you get your garden ready for an irrigation system. For more information, reach out to us here or by calling 770-831-1790.