An irrigation system for the garden allows you to water your plants with little effort. A garden irrigation system is made up of several components that work together to provide optimal watering of the garden. More and more plant lovers are turning to automatic watering systems, which save you a lot of work and save cash.
Automatic garden irrigation – the cost
One of the particularly attractive aspects of garden irrigation systems is the reduction of running costs. An automatic garden watering system provides your plants with the exact amount of water needed for healthy plant growth. An irrigation system for the garden carries water directly to the plant, and water loss through evaporation and seepage is significantly reduced. This aspect is especially interesting for hobby gardeners who water their garden with costly water derived from the drinking water network.
If you decide to use water pumps for garden irrigation, you can also use water from a natural body of water or a rainwater storage tank for watering the garden. With this type of automatic irrigation for the garden you can reduce the cost of fresh water and wastewater.
Basically, you can assume that the cost of a garden irrigation system will pay for itself over time. Although you will initially have to make an investment, the reduction of running costs due to automatic garden irrigation will be worth it.
How to install a garden irrigation system?
In the simplest case, garden irrigation systems are quickly coupled, just like the one used for an ordinary garden hose. One or more soaker hoses are connected to the coupling, usually above ground. You can thereby easily limit garden irrigation to individual areas of your garden. A garden irrigation kit includes hoses, couplings, connectors, and depending on the manufacturer of the garden irrigation system, other accessories.
If you like a little more conveniency, you can rely on automatic garden watering. An automatic irrigation system includes a timer that regulates and times the water supply through a valve. These timers are used for automatic flower watering as well as for automatic lawn watering, bed watering and greenhouse watering. The timer for automatic garden watering controls the freshwater supply and the main supply via water pumps.
How can you support your plants?
In addition to supplying water to plants via a garden watering system, you can help your plants grow by supplying them with targeted nutrients. Liquid and granular fertilizers are available for your hobby garden. In addition to watering the garden and providing nutrients, you can ensure that no unwelcome visitors set up house in the garden. The sooner you remove unwanted plants, the less effort will be necessary. However, there is a growing recognition among gardeners that greater plant diversity promotes an ecologically stable garden.
Vegetable garden watering
A bed irrigation system used to water the vegetable beds in your garden is not all that different from an irrigation system for an ornamental garden. Different vegetables require different amounts of water during their growing, flowering and ripening phases. Accordingly, you should adjust the water supply through your bed irrigation systems.
Automatic flower watering
Garden irrigation systems are also great for automatic flower watering. A customized automatic irrigation system ensures that flowering plants receive adequate water at every stage of growth. For automatic flower watering, the garden irrigation system ensures that the vital water reaches the root zone of the flowers and minimizes unnecessary water loss through seepage or evaporation.
Garden greenhouse watering
Greenhouse irrigation systems can be used outdoors but also for watering greenhouses. Inside a greenhouse, space is usually limited and using a watering can is cumbersome. Once an irrigation system is installed in the greenhouse, irrigation can also be automized.
Solar powered irrigation
A particularly sustainable way to automatically water your garden is with a solar-powered irrigation system. This type of irrigation system operates a water pump directly on site via a solar panel instead of a low-voltage grid. If you are interested in these garden sprinkler systems, you should consider the space required for the solar panel.
Garden ponds – more than an eye-catcher
Garden ponds were long considered primarily decorative eye-catchers, their great ecological benefits have since become apparent. An appropriately sized pond not only serves as a water reservoir for garden irrigation, but it is also a great refuge for a variety of native animals and plants. An indispensable part of a healthy garden pond is a sufficiently sized pond pump. A fountain can be connected to a 220-volt low-voltage main supply and for solar operation.
Useful tools for gardening
In addition to garden sprinklers, there are several other tools that can make your life as a hobby gardener much easier.
The right garden tools not only make gardening more efficient but also contribute to a sense of achievement when the next harvest comes around or when there is a particularly splendid bloom in your flower garden. Every garden should have a sufficiently large composter for turning garden waste into valuable humus.
A garden chipper is great for pruning flowers, hedges and other woody plants. It turns hard-to-compost garden waste into mulch that can be useful next season.
After the work is done, the tools must be cleaned. The garden path and patio slabs should also get a thorough cleaning from time to time.