~ If you are a keen gardener who takes great pride in your plants, some basic plumbing in the garden can really improve the looks and progress of your plants. Whether you want to improve access to a tap for watering the plants, improve the look of your lawn, or lay some more complex pipework or sprinkling system to keep your vegetable garden in top health, some simple plumbing can do the job.
An easy way to keep your garden looking good and to save you hours of time watering it is to put in an irrigation system. Too many times I came back from an out of town trip to only find wilted plants that broke my heart. To save some money on this, you can buy the materials yourself such as a simple poly pipe, and then bring in professionals to fit it. Sometimes hiring a professional company to put in an irrigation drip correctly and connect all the underground plumbing is just best. This will prevent a faulty or unreliable system ruin all the hard work you are put into your garden.
- Remember that not all vegetation in your garden will need the same amount of water. Different plants will need various amounts of watering, depending on their growth cycles and on the hours of sunshine they get per day. When you plan to install an irrigation system please consider above factors and perhaps use the timed stoppers at different garden corners to control the water supply as you wish. The right system will be able to handle this, especially if it has an electronic control switch that could be programmed to run for the desired amount of time.
- Consider using a drip emitter. Drip or line emitters release water to the plants from mainline tubing. This is very useful if you need to deliver a very precise amount of water to certain plants, regardless of changes to water pressure. For example, high-pressure water supplying flower beds can damage the flowers there, whereas a drip line emitter is much more gentle on delicate plants. They can also be used to put water directly into the soil, helping you to conserve water, but still keep the garden properly watered.
- Check local regulations. Check your county’s regulations for different seasons and water use in your area before you start. If you live in an area prone to the drought (such as Florida) there may be some requirements that your system has to meet before you can use it. For example, some communities have rules that the irrigation system can only go on before 9 am or after 5 pm. At times, if the geographical area has been without rain for too long, the government issues the warning to conserve water and someone decides to water the yard, they can get sited with monitory assessments.
- Think about automation. Your irrigation system can be completely automated, connected to a timer or moisture sensors. This can be ideal if you work long hours or often away from home. My favorite way is to program the automated system that we installed for our raised bed garden. It gently drips in the morning and evening for an hour. If there is heavy rainfall, the system is smart enough to sense it and shuts off. Isn’t this useful? I don’t have to worry about the soil puddles or draught. The sensor does it all 😉 Let the professional you hire know about your preferences and perhaps its best to interview a couple just to see what products they offer and will work best for your plants.
Make it a very green day, my friends.
The first image here does not belong to Luda @PlantsandBeyond.com, but the header image with kale, pine needles and drip system and the BukChoy garden does 🙂