The long hot days of summer are upon us. With temperatures often skyrocketing above 90, and the sun blazing down on your garden, it will need water—not too much and not too little, but just enough. But if you work long days, or if you’re away on vacation, sometimes watering doesn’t get done. A micro irrigation system will solve that problem. Here are some great reasons to get a system installed in your garden.
Conserves Water and Time
Hand watering with a hose or watering can takes a lot of time. If you do it twice a day, early morning and in the evening, you’ll use a lot of time that you won’t have with family and work. Irrigation systems have timers that you can preset for daily or weekly watering. You’ll no longer need to monitor the watering because the timer shuts the water off when watering is complete. An effective irrigation system will also lower your water bill.
Prevents Disease and Weeds
Irrigation systems direct water right where it needs to go, to each plant’s root ball, rather than sprinkling the entire garden. This prevents surrounding weed seeds from germinating. Less weeding for you! Watering only the roots will also prevent leaf diseases that can happen when drops of water stand on the foliage. Because the water does not strike the leaves or flowers, blight diseases have no chance to start.
Preserves Soil Structure and Nutrients
Watering with a wide-open garden hose can sometimes allow too much water to seep into the soil. Because of this, nutrients leach out with the water runoff. This leaves fewer nutrients for the plants. Watering with a hose also leaves the soil compacted. Plants can wither or develop root disease with suffocating, compacted soil. Irrigation systems produce smaller droplets, which preserves nutrients and reduces soil compaction.
Allows Gardening Flexibility
If you have a busy schedule, an irrigation can save you gardening work time. You can work in one part of the garden at the same time as the plants are being watered in another.
Are you ready to put in a micro irrigation system to help your garden look great and save yourself time and money? We can help. Contact Hufnagel today at 201-869-5680.
(BELOW) Close up of micro irrigation system heads just installed in early spring, before the growing season.