How to Decide on the Best Garden Irrigation System

August 9, 2022

Garden irrigation systems should be reliable and well-maintained if they are to work well for your house. Beauty, healthful food, and water conservation should be the primary goals of any garden. If you’re here, it’s because you want to learn how to water your garden as efficiently and effectively as possible. It is possible to get the most out of your irrigation system if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Your irrigation system should be adapted to your local environment and growth circumstances. For your plants to thrive and reach their full potential, the optimal system should feed them with both the water and nutrients they require regularly.

Tuckerman Landscaping & Design is here to assist you with all of your gardening requirements. You may make an educated choice about the size of your garden irrigation system by using the information provided below.

Get a Good Water Source

Irrigation may be done using any water supply that is free of contaminants. Drip systems feature a particle filter to keep the drippers (also known as emitters) in the system from being clogged up. However, if your water supply contains too much particle matter, this filter may become clogged. If the particles in the water are large enough, the extremely fine channels moulded into the drip tape are susceptible to clogging. The drip tape regulates water flow via these channels, which are critical to your system’s operation. A garden hose spigot is used as a water supply in this arrangement. Even the largest residential gardens can be easily watered by a simple hose spigot, although commercial irrigation systems often require bigger output connections.

A water softener should be installed. This tool replaces calcium-based salt with sodium-based salt, and both of these salts are extremely harmful to plants. This tip also applies if you’ve experienced issues with your house plants and use a water softener.

Implement A Schedule

Once you’ve put together a drip irrigation system that covers your entire garden, it’s time to think about the best way to water your plants without overwatering them. To avoid overtaxing your well or water supply, you need also to take its capacity into account. Create zones with the quarter-turn valves if you are concerned about overusing your water supply by turning off or on only a portion of the system at a time. Setting a timer to run every day between the hose bibb and the filter body can save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run. However, to produce the equivalent of 1 inch of rainfall, you’ll need to operate the system for 8-9 hours a week.

Drip irrigation systems have the added benefit of allowing the addition of liquid nutrients (fertilisers) straight into the system. Anytime during the growing season, a venture-type fertiliser injector can be used to perform this task. Avoid clogging drip emitters by installing an injector between your water supply and a water filter. Clean water should be fed through drip systems after fertiliser injection for 15-20 minutes to wash out any minerals that might block the emitters later. Before or after using a fertiliser that contains phosphorus, flush the lines thoroughly to prevent the formation of a precipitate.

Keep it Functioning Well

Keep a watch out for significant leaks and turn off lines or sections as they are harvested. Clean the mesh filter regularly. These systems leak a little at the fittings by nature. If the flow is slow, don’t fiddle with the drips; you’ll just make things worse by trying to fix the problem, and the leaks will go away once the system is running normally. It is possible to fix drip lines that have developed leaks or holes with one of the various fittings available. When a hole in plastic mulch becomes large enough, it may be necessary to replace the drip tape. Prevent further damage to your plants and drip lines by using poison baits and traps.

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