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Watering Options

What is it that we want to water?

Watering or Irrigation is all about the plants we are trying to grow. Different plants and different locations are better suited to different types of watering systems. Watering systems can be as simple as hose fitted watering timer to a multi zone irrigation systems with an internet enabled timer. This page talks about some of the more common irrigation systems employed in BC.

Deck or Patio System

A small deck or patio usually has a variety of pots that need regular watering and a simple hose end timer with either drip or micro sprays in each pot would easily and cost effectively provide daily automatic watering to all the pots.

  • Typical Deck

    Deck

  • Dig Hose End TimerDig Timer
  • Orbit Hose End Timer
  • Orbit Timer
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    Essentially you hook the hose end timer to a tap and then run 1/2" distribution tubing around your deck. From the distribution tubing you insert micro tubing (1/4") and then a dripper or spray into each spot.

     


    Flower Beds

    Flower beds are often larger than a deck and may have a variety of plants in them and often have ground planted plants and some containters (pots) located in the flower bed. A similar but slight larger installation than the deck is required. The system will often involve a cobination of drip irrigation emitters, micro sprays and small drip line. The drip line is tubing that has holes (emitters) at 12 inch intervals that you would weave around your flower bed to provide ground watering to a variet of plants.

     

    Watering Vegetables

    As we progress from watering flowers and pots we move to a much more standard or organized planting where vegetable are often planted in rows in a garden. The spacing is usually much smaller than with flowers so we use a different type of drip line that only has 6" spacing which should approximate the distribution of plants.

     

    Watering Grass

      As we progress from watering flowers and vegetable to watering grass we make the move from smaller systems to an irrigation system that will have to cover the expanse of grass and the sprinklers will have to drop down so we don't hit them with the lawn mower. These systems are normally installed underground and have more than one area (zone) to water. Each zone will have to have its own pipes, and sprinklers. Areas can only be watered one at a time in most residential/commercial applications so we will need a timer that can handle mutliple areas (zones) and each area will have to have its own valve to allow the water to be turned on and off.

    Greenhouses

    Irrigation systems are vital for greenhouses. High internal temperatures can dry the soil very fast rendering your plants severely dehydrated. It’s very important to select an effective and efficient watering method for your greenhouse to sustain healthy plant life.

    With an operating pressure range of 45 to 60 psi, these foggers produce an average droplet size of 65 microns (at 60 psi) each and every time. This creates a “blanket of fog” or zone of saturated humidity ideal for rooting. Each nozzle of the 4-Way Fogger has a flow rate of 2.0 GPH.

     

     


     

    Farming

    There are three different categories of farming irrigation methods: sprinkler, micro and surface irrigation. Sprinkler systems distribute water onto crops in a high-velocity, high-volume spray. Micro irrigation systems deliver water onto the soil surface very close to the crop or below the soil. With surface irrigation, also known as flood irrigation, the water flows by gravity over land.