Using a Waterwise Irrigation System
Did you know that in Western Australia we use around 40% of our drinking water in the gardens?
Those are horrendously large numbers, so it’s time we started becoming water-wise and implemented waterwise irrigation. Below are ways to incorporate waterwise solutions in your garden.
1. Deliver Water to the Root Zone With Waterwise Irrigation
One of the greatest inventions in gardening were the soaker hose and drip irrigation systems.
These systems allow a good 90% of the water to get to your plants’ roots. Compare this to the 40-50% that gets to your plants’ roots with a sprinkler system of some sort.
You’re looking to reduce evaporation and keep those areas between plants dry. If you can do this, you minimize weed growth as well. The weed seeds have no moisture to help them spawn and take root in your soils.
You can do this with an automated, drip line irrigation system. Make sure to have it professionally installed and optimised so you know it meets all your gardens needs, and is getting the right amount of water everywhere it is needed.
2. Add Organic Matter To Your Soils
All soil is permissible, but not all soil is beneficial. Too bad that’s not actually a gardening proverb. But you can go ahead and write it down.
Sand and clay are probably the worst soils to plant in on the face of the earth. One is like a sieve, the other is like a sponge. And neither of them are great at getting the water to your roots. But if you live here in Perth like we do, you are all too familiar with both.
If you’re going to install a waterwise irrigation system, it pays to make your soil ready to accept the water you’re putting in it. Add organic matter to the soil to enrich it.
Leaves, compost, manures, all of these things will improve the texture of your soil and increase the water holding capacity.
Make sure you add an inch every year. Mulch has many benefits and is really good for those plants.
Organic mulch is great for cutting water needs, even when you have a waterwise irrigation system installed.
These mulches will increase that humidity around your plants by retaining water.
Conclusion: Get A Waterwise Irrigation System
Like we said at the beginning, your garden deserves all the water you put in it. And that’s why you need an efficient water system.
Have you already taken steps to include waterwise landscaping for your garden?
If not, don’t wait another minute. If you need a new waterwise irrigation system, contact us.