One of the most important gardening solutions is an irrigation system. It is not just enough to have one in your garden. It is crucial to have the right one. However, because of some myths and misconceptions, the use of irrigation systems and products is slowly fading. The last thing you would want in your garden is to lose large areas of it because of these wrong gardening practices.
In this article, we will dispel some of the most common myths that people believe in. Gardening is more than just a hobby. It is best to find out more about what your plant needs and the right irrigation techniques.
MYTH 1: Give Plants 1 Inch of Water Each Week
For many years, people believe that the best approach to watering plants is to give it 1 inch of water each week. When you have a garden in your property, it is not just enough to have the right gardening supplies and irrigation system. It is also important for you to understand that each plant is unique. This means that plants have their own, distinct needs when it comes to irrigation.
Younger plants are the ones that need more water regularly as they still have small and weak root structures. Except on very hot days when more water is necessary, avoid overwatering your plants. Gradually reduce the amount of water you give to your plants. As older plants have better root structure, it has learned how to survive with less water and fend for itself.
MYTH 2: Wilting is A Sign That Your Plants Need More Water
If you think the lack of water is the main culprit, you can go ahead and add more moisture. Although you can assume wilted leaves means your plants lack enough water on the surface, you should not presume this all the time. There are different factors that can cause plants to wilt. You could end up drowning the roots of the plants when you give it more water. Other causes could also be over digging or the insects that are present in the soil.
To find out the reason, it is best to do a soil test. Get a wooden dowel and insert it vertically directly into the soil. Make sure not to twist it too much as you may damage the roots of surrounding plants. Pull the dowel out. The soil is dry when the dowel comes out clean. If there is enough moisture in the soil, the dowel will have soil attached to it.
MYTH 3: Do Not Water Your Plants On a Scorching Hot Day As it Won’t Burn
This is another misconception that needs to come to an end. It is believed that when you water plants on a hot day, it would burn. The droplets of water that stayed on the leaves would act as a magnifying glass and would heat up and scorch the plant. This is just simply impossible.
On a hot day, water evaporates too quickly you won’t even be able to tell if enough moisture has really seeped through the soil. This is the reason why watering plants during very hot days can pose risks to plants. One can be tempted to add more water because the water just evaporates quickly. To avoid the problem, it is best to wait until the day becomes cooler.
MYTH 4: Using A Sprinkler Can Cause Harm to Your Plants
Another misconception many people believed in is that sprinklers (or overhead watering) can pose risks to plants. It is believed to be the most inefficient way to water plants. However, the best way to water plants is to apply it directly to the soil around it. There will be less water that is lost to the air. The leaves will also not get watered more than what is needed.
Using sprinklers is more efficient during dry, windy climates. Coats of dust can easily accumulate the garden. When you use sprinklers, you can get rid of the dust and make plants more productive as photosynthesis can be done without anything blocking its way. Using sprinklers is also helpful to boost plants that are wilting because of the high temperature.
MYTH 5: You Don’t Need To Water Plants That Are Classified as Drought Tolerant
This myth also has to be stopped. Every year, different varieties of drought tolerant plants die because of this. People limit the amount of water they give to such plants just because it is classified as drought tolerant. One must remember that no plant would survive without any water. So, if you have drought tolerant plants that have perished, this is probably one of the reasons why.
Even though they are classified as drought tolerant and may not need any water as regularly as other plants, they still need it. These plants need care and attention too. Before you add any of these varieties, make sure to research about their needs. It is best to be prepared so that these plants will surely thrive.
MYTH 6: To Improve Drainage, Add Gravel at The Bottom of Potted Plants
Gravel drains water and any moisture quickly. But, when you add it to the bottom of potted plants, it will have a negative effect to it. Unlike soil which absorbs water, gravel let water stand in the bottom of the pot. It is best to fill the pots with potting soil that is rich with organic matter. This is helpful in improving airflow and drainage.
MYTH 7: The Irrigation System Can Be Turned Off When It Is Raining
Just because it rains, it doesn’t mean that you will turn off the irrigation system. Every rain is different and a lot of the rainwater is lost due to evaporation and runoff. If you turn off the irrigation system, you may be able to save water for the plants. But, this doesn’t mean that every plant in your lawn is getting sufficient water.
If you want, you can always place sensors around the garden. These sensors detect the amount of rain and automatically determine whether it is best to run the irrigation system or not.
All of us know how to water the garden but not all of us know how to do it right and when to do it. By clearing some of the common gardening myths, you can ensure that you can provide enough water to your plants. Taking care of plants require commitment and patience. Learning more about what your plant needs can be rewarding in the end.
If you need help with choosing the right irrigation system for your plants, feel free to talk to us at Premier Lawn Care. We can also help you with turf management and all your other outdoor property maintenance needs.