Your new automatic sprinkler system can help keep your plants healthy and well-watered while using less water than you might have used with the hose, assuming that you use the right techniques to optimize your water usage. To make the best use of water with your new sprinkler system, follow these tips.
Water in the Late Evening or Early Morning
Watering at the height of the day is a good way to lose water to evaporation. Set your timers to water in the evening after the sun goes down, or in the morning just as the sun is rising. Watering in the evening can lead to plant fungus problems in humid climates, but in drier climates this is less of a threat. In humid climates, water in the early morning so the plants won't stay wet for too long.
Water Deeply and Infrequently
Deep, infrequent watering promotes good root growth, and shallow, frequent watering does not. Water your plants deeply and thoroughly only a couple times a week. The deeper your plants roots are, the more drought tolerant they will become, which could lead them to need less water over time.
Water around the Drip Line
Watering your trees near the leaves or the trunk can lead to fungus problems, and definitely creates water waste. Set your automatic sprinkler to water your trees around the space directly beneath the perimeter of the tree's canopy, known as the drip line.
Make Seasonal and Daily Adjustments
Many modern water sprinkler systems come with digital controls that allow you to adjust the water usage for the time of year. Water less in times of wet weather and water more in times of dry weather to maintain a constant water supply throughout the year. When it rains during the week, put off watering until a drier time later in the week.
Practice Smart Gardening Techniques
Improving your soil's water retention and decreasing the amount of water that your plants need can help you make smart use of the water you use to maintain the lawn.
- Landscape with native plants. Native plants are plants that are well-suited to the climate where you live. Except in times of drought, native plants may require little extra watering throughout the week.
- Use mulch. Mulch shades the soil and helps hold in water.
- Amend soil with compost. Compost can build up your soil's water retention capability. When you plant new plants in your garden, mix the soil with fresh compost.
For more tips and ways that you can make smart use of your home's new garden sprinkler system, speak with a landscaping professional from a company like Michael Bellantoni.