There are several garden watering systems. Using the right watering system is an important part of growing a successful garden How the water is applied to a plant makes a difference.Water is as important to a seed or plant as it is to our bodies. If you let a seed get dry, it will not germinate. If the plant gets dry it will die.
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of these different garden watering systems:
1. Drip System
This is the best of the garden watering systems. The system uses a pipe that has little holes in it.The pipe is placed down the center of the row, right up close the growing plants. The plants receive the water that comes out of the little holes.
- It waters the growing plants and not the weeds in between the rows. This helps to reduce the weed population in the garden.
- It keeps the water off the leaves. Too much moisture on the leaves can cause fungal, mildew, and disease in many plants.
- This type of watering does not shock the plants with cold water every time they are watered. This momentary shock tends to stop the growing process temporarily. It’s kind like we feel when we jump into a cold lake.
2. Furrow System
This gardening watering system involves digging a furrow or trench the width of your shovel around the plants you want to water. The plants are up on a little bit of a mound. Fill the trench up with irrigation or hose water. The water from the furrow seeps through the soil to the roots of the plants.
- This system doesn’t cost much.
- The plants are watered without shocking the plants with overhead watering.
A sprinkler is effective for watering vegetables planted in sandy soil that absorbs water quickly. It’s also an effective way to water a large garden when you’re pressed for time. However, if you have heavy clay soil that absorbs water slowly or if your garden is on a slope, the water may run off.
- Portable sprinklers and in-ground permanent sprinklers are great for watering large areas if you’re pressed for time.
- Expansive land leveling is not required.
- Water saving irrigation intensity can be changed in accordance with the infiltration capacity of soil.