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January 2017

What is the Best Garden Watering System for You?

When life gets busy or you’re away from home, installing a simple, automated watering system is an easy way to ensure your plants get watered. So how do you choose the best garden watering system for you?

The best design for an irrigation system will apply the precise amount of water required by each plant so there is no single irrigation system that will suit every different residential garden. To get the best watering system for your garden, it is the planning and design process that will determine its success.

At Aqualight we believe that by planning ahead with a good design strategy, you can implement an irrigation system that uses water responsibly as well as allowing your garden to flourish.

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Know Your Garden

Consider your garden’s soil type and climate. Note all the different areas of planting such as lawn, flower beds, hedges, vegetable gardens and fruit trees and whether they are densely or sparsely planted. Different parts of your garden will need different amounts of water, dictating different design approaches and irrigation products.

Calculate the Water Requirements

Once you have an understanding of each plant’s water requirements you can decide how often you’ll run your watering system and calculate the number and type of emission devices needed.

Lay out the System

The garden can now be broken up into different watering areas with an automatic irrigation controller to control the watering frequency to best suit each individual area. Choose the components that best fit your needs from mains powered controllers to battery controllers, Wi-Fi controllers and tap timers, pop-up sprinklers, micro sprayers and dripline systems.

At Aqualight we specialise in the design and installation of irrigation systems with the best emission devices and appropriate spacing, pressure, flow rate and filters for your garden.

Garden Irrigation v Watering By Hand

There are lots of different ways to water your garden but how do you know what’s the best watering method for your situation? Watering by hand has its uses and its pleasures but irrigation is more efficient and will save you time. Which approach is best for your garden?

Irrigation is a term that covers a range of watering systems generally made up of hoses and drippers and able to be automated. It’s ideal for medium to large gardens. Using irrigation systems gives your plants a more consistent application of water which is better for the plants.

garden irrigation v watering by hand

Irrigation is also quick and it’s ideal if you’re away a lot because you can program the timer to ensure the garden continues to get watered. It can save you hours. Group plants with similar needs together and you can create an irrigation system that will do the work for you, freeing you up to spend time on other things.

With hand watering, you can adjust the amount of water needed for each plant, depending on the conditions. Seeds and new young seedlings can be watered lightly and more often, while more established plants may only need watering every other day.

With hand watering, you can direct the water low to the ground, keeping the foliage dry and minimising fungal diseases. Hand watering also gives you lots of time to inspect each crop on a daily basis and catch any problems early.

However there’s no doubt that hand watering is labour intensive and time consuming. In lots of ways, irrigation is a smarter, more efficient way of watering that offers the benefits of hand watering without the drawbacks. For more information about the best irrigation methods, contact experts such as the highly experienced team at Auckland based irrigation company Aqualight Irrigation.

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