5 Tips to the Right Irrigation Techniques

The seasons bring with them both conducive and non-conducive climate to grow your crops, plants, or a lawn. Irrigation helps you maintain your production and quality all year round. There are many irrigation techniques currently available, but not all are good for your project. To ensure you get the right one, below are a few tips you can implement.


1)            Analyze Costs Vs. Benefits

Before installing an irrigation system, you need to evaluate the total costs you are likely to incur versus the benefits you might reap. You do not have to spend millions since there are affordable irrigation techniques available. However, cheap can be very expensive if the methods fail to work in your space. The assumption that quality techniques are pricey can also lead to massive losses. Get WaterWorks experts to conduct extensive research and determine the type of system that would not only work but also not dent your bank account. The cost evaluation takes into account the initial cost, funds available, and the maintenance cost.

2)            Learn the Natural Conditions

Before installing an irrigation scheme, you need an elaborate review of the natural conditions around you, such as climate, land topography, and location. While at it, consider the natural conditions that the plants thrive under. After establishing that, determine the amount of water to supplement through irrigation. For dry land and plants that require immense amounts of water, you need an irrigation technique that can supply a lot of water and vice versa. Excess humidity creates a conducive environment for toxic fungi and bacteria that can affect consumers. Determining this can be a hard nut to crack since crops such as corn come with different varieties for different regions. If you fail to hack the water needs for each variety, you risk losing your investments in the crop and the irrigation system installed.

3)            Types of Technology

Previously, the only options available were furrows, handheld sprinklers, and nozzles. This left soil soaked or with insufficient water supply. For plants that require a regulated water supply, these options are off the table as you end up with waterlogged plants if too much water is supplied. It can be hard to keep a close eye on them each time, and a slip up would lead to unfathomable losses that can be hard to recover from. They also incorporate new techniques such as rain soil sensors with old ones like drip systems, making them more effective.

4)            Water Source

Water sources differ, and this creates a difference in pressure and even quality. Water can contain minerals and salts, while some collect particles and dirt as it flows. An irrigation system for hard water should be able to handle clogs. Additionally, water from high-pressure sources should be regulated to avoid creating furrows and even displacing plants. On the other hand, low-pressure sources of water that should supply water to large pieces of land should have a boosting point. This helps water to reach all parts of the area under irrigation, such as pumps or thin pipes.

5)            Type of Soil

The soil you are conducting your irrigation from can determine your irrigation techniques. Sandy soil has a high capillarity and hence holds very little water. Clay, on the other hand, retains most of its water due to its impermeability. An irrigation system that floodwater on sand such as furrow or mechanized systems would be ideal, but on clay soil, that would be detrimental and vice versa.