Things Micro-Irrigation Can Do For Your Garden
What is Micro-Irrigation? It is low volume irrigation, also known as drip irrigation, that allows you to add flowers and plants to your gardens while saving on water volume. When used properly it can add to your landscape irrigation by putting water exactly where you want it. Especially if you need to water flowers more often than grass or bushes. We also use it to water potted plants on the patio and by our very sunny front door for flowers and plants that need more water.
Micro Irrigation Benefits
- Micro Irrigation is outside of the water restrictions (Florida) so you will be in compliance even if you water your plants every day.
- Easy connection to hoses or outdoor spigots.
- Decreased water loss from evaporation, wind and run-off.
- Minimized erosion when water hillside or terraced areas.
- Water application efficiency. You can set the timers to water as much or as little as you need.
- You can apply the water to the root areas of the plants to reduce pest problems and root rot.
No this is not my garden. This is the Flower and Garden Show at Epcot.
There are three types of Micro Irrigation.
- In-Line Drip Tubing. Usually placed beneath the mulch to mask the black tubes. Very flexible and can be tailored to plant locality.
- Drip Emitters. Placed in potted or hanging plants to specifically target them. We started using these when we would go on vacation; to make sure our potted plants weren’t neglected. You don’t need to ask a neighbor or friend to stop by.
- Micro-sprays. Irrigates more area than the first two. They come in a variety of sizes and spray patterns.
We reduce the irrigation frequency in the summer months when we get our daily rains. You can also tailor your micro-irrigation to fit into different sun and shade patterns.
Inspect and clean your emitters regularly. Flush the system every two months to get rid of junk. Reset your timer controller to adjust to the seasons. Replace your timer batteries twice a year.
If you love flowers like we do, then micro-irrigation is for you. To find out what your area allows, and what the regulations are look here at SWFMD.
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Florida Luxury, Trinity