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blumfeldt garden irrigation systems: safe watering, always

Garden watering systems offer many significant advantages for households and businesses, including time savings through automation, efficient watering through direct irrigation, and much more. It is, therefore, no wonder that automatic watering systems are becoming very popular all over the world. Plants do not get all the water they need from nature, and an automatic watering system allows you to:

  • supply your plants with the water they need on a regular basis

  • maintain your landscape healthy

  • gain free time for rest and relaxation

  • irrigate your garden even when you are on holiday

  • make use of rainwater with special tanks and water collectors

  • save water compared to using a hose - up to 80% savings

Blumfeldt water timers allow you to automate the watering of your indoor and outdoor plants at an extremely affordable price thanks to their intuitive operation and the possibility of precisely programming the control unit. Don't miss out on our offers, and treat yourself to a practical and intelligent solution to keep your plants safe by always guaranteeing the right amount of water even when you are not there.

What is an automatic plant watering system?

Automatic irrigation is a method of distributing water effortlessly throughout the garden using a simple network of pipes and outlets hidden in the garden. There are different types of irrigation systems designed to water specific areas of gardens, patios and balconies, including pop-up irrigation systems for lawn areas, micro-jet, sprinklers and mini irrigation systems for large areas of plants, and drip irrigation systems for precise watering of plants in pots and containers.

Automatic plant waterers not only reduce the amount of water used to keep plants healthy: they can also be fed with rainwater, which means you can help the environment by recycling water that would otherwise end up in the drain, which in turn can help you reduce your water bills even more. If you decide to use a water tank or rainwater collector, you will need to use an irrigation pump to connect your system. You should choose the pump should carefully to meet the requirements of the irrigation system you are installing.

Drip irrigation systems

Drip irrigation systems are the most efficient of all garden irrigation systems and are designed to precisely deliver water to the roots of plants. Such a system works by using a network of pipes to carry water around the garden and then attaching drippers and placing them near the base of the plants. Because the drippers release the water slowly, you get more control over the amount of water delivered, eliminating waste. A drip irrigation system is ideal for borders and flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, hanging baskets and potted plants.

An adequately installed drip system will operate automatically at a specific time of day for a particular amount of time, meaning that you do not have to stand there with a hose for a long time. You do not even have to be at home; automatic plant waterers and drip garden irrigation kits provide all the necessary parts, including a water timer, to fully set up the operation according to the needs of your plants.

How to set up a drip irrigation system

If you are considering purchasing a drip system, the first thing to do is to draw a diagram of your garden or the layout of your pot plants. It is essential to calculate the approximate distances of each plant from the tap to purchase the correct length of the main pipe, which will supply water to the entire garden. Although most gardeners irrigate by drip, pole-mounted sprinklers are available to spray water from a high level. It is also possible to insert sprinklers directly into the main water supply line (and spray from a few inches above the ground.

The use of a battery-operated timer installed at the tap is essential for a drip system to work efficiently. Still, on Blumfeldt, you can also find solar-powered controlling units. These easy-to-program timers will save you water. You can also program the timer to water for the exact amount of time you decide and at the best times of the day. You can set it and forget it, even if you choose other types of timers such as wind or solar timers. In general, plants should be watered every two days, allowing the soil to drain but remaining moist, but your watering schedule can also vary depending on rainfall and types of plants.

Another huge advantage of a drip system is the possibility to fertilise while the system is working. You can do this using a fertiliser injector. Simply install it directly into the main polyethene pipe. The fertiliser added to the injector will slowly spread as the water flows towards the plants.

Other types of garden sprinklers

These are widely used in all gardens and are a popular choice because they provide a good sprinkle of water over a large area. When you switch on a system like this, you can see a fantastic spray of water dispersing through the air, bathing your plants just like rain does. Because micro-jets and sprinklers are usually pre-assembled on a pole with a micro-tube, installation time is rapid. Because all components are available separately, customising this type of system is also very easy.

Irrigation with perforated pipes

Perforated hoses, also known as leaky pipes, when used, release the water slowly over their entire length providing a deep soaking action. They are excellent for use in flower borders, vegetable gardens, hedgerows or any other large area. They are generally available with a diameter of 13 mm for longer lengths (maximum length of 50 m recommended) and a micro diameter of 4 mm, perfect for pots. Installation of the hose is fast and straightforward due to its simplicity. All required is to unroll the hose in the area to be watered, fix it in place and connect it to a water source.

Drip-tube irrigation

Drip irrigation systems work similarly to a hose, releasing water along its length. However, instead of being just a porous tube (which is not regulated), the drip line is a plastic tube with predetermined holes along its length. This allows greater control in the way water is released, as each drip line delivers a precise amount of water. This precision not only allows for exact watering but also allows for much longer runs, up to 150m in length). Installation is simple. All you need to do is lay it on the area to be watered, fix it in place, and connect it to a water source.

Mini irrigation systems

With a radius of up to 5 metres, mini irrigation systems are great for covering large areas of planting quickly and easily. They are similar to micro-jets and sprays, but instead of giving a fine sprinkling, they throw water in large droplets that minimise evaporation during distribution. Installation is quick and easy, with pre-assembled mini sprinklers on poles available, as well as individual components to customise the mini sprinklers.

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