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May 2017

Winter Irrigation – Preparing your Garden for Spring

While we are lucky to have a temperate climate, Auckland gardens still benefit from a different type of care when there’s a change in the seasons. As winter begins to set in, here are a few things to help your garden and lawn flourish.

Spring planning

Winter is generally a time when we are less active with our garden and lawn care but these months provide the best opportunity to get ready for the coming spring and summer. Now is the time to plan any new garden areas, prepare your soil and to think about ways to conserve water once the garden is growing.

Planting

Winter is a great time for planting trees in Auckland but it’s still important to water thoroughly at the time to make sure the soil is snugly in contact with the roots. Take advantage of the cooler months to get plants in the ground and established before the dry summer spells. Watering should be done thoroughly but not often.

Irrigation

Winter in Auckland gardens is the perfect time to really allow plants to flourish and appreciate their lushness. Start your irrigation schedule in the early morning to minimise fungal growth and think about whether you can reduce your watering if it’s been a wet winter.

If you don’t already use one, winter is a great time to plan for an irrigation system. Today’s best irrigation systems include sophisticated controllers that allow you to easily adjust watering schedules. Winter is also a great time to maintain and upgrade your system. Irrigation systems need regular maintenance to keep them working efficiently – winter frosts can cause leaks and other problems.

Don’t let the winter months be a time where you stop caring about your garden. Give us a call at Aqualight for help with all your garden irrigation.

Drip Irrigation – How Long Should You Water?

Many plant problems are water related; it’s easy to water too much or too little. Drip irrigation systems are targeted, water efficient irrigation systems that deliver a slow trickle of water to the plant’s root system. But how long should you water?

A drip irrigation system puts out water much more slowly than a traditional sprinkler system so watering is going to take longer – hours, not minutes. It’s important to understand the differences so your plants don’t get used to a shallow watering program. Too little water and the roots stay near the surface where they are more subject to drying out quickly, stressing the plant and making it vulnerable to disease.

With a drip irrigation system, water deeply, but infrequently (once or twice a week). Apply enough water to penetrate the soil to a depth of approximately 20 cm. Use a soil sampling tube or dig down by hand to see if the soil is properly moist.

It’s also important with a drip irrigation system to use enough emitters for the plant – more than one – and they should be spaced evenly around the tree or shrub. Their spacing will depend on your soil type.

A typical summer watering schedule in a raised vegetable garden with a drip irrigation system is to run it twice a week, several hours at a time. However the best regime for you will depend on your weather, soil type, slope and crops.

To water trees and shrubs consider using micro-sprinklers or sprayers. They thoroughly wet the root area and put out more water. Depending on the temperatures, during the summer you might run them for an hour, once or twice a week.

Drip irrigation systems will produce healthy thriving plants – so long as they’re used properly to allow thorough watering.

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