Irrigation is a complicated, and a laborious process. A little mistake can cost you drearily. You surely wouldn’t want to lose a major portion of your garden to some wrong gardening practices. However, there are many myths prevalent regarding irrigation and the irrigation supplies. This article aims to dispel them entirely and also educate you about the right practices based on the facts discussed underneath.
Now, let’s just learn about the myths and dispel them.
Myth: A Pant Requires an Inch of Water Every Week
Truth: “One inch a week” is not a rule but just a guideline which says you should provide at least an inch of water every week. Though this cannot be ruled out as a few plants do require an inch of water but it doesn’t hold true for all the plants.
Different plants have different water needs. Compare this to an infant. Does he require the same amount of water as you do? Can a cat drink as much water as a cow? A similar thought should be applied to the plant kingdom as well. It is advised to read about the irrigation needs of a plant when sowing and adjusting the irrigation supplies accordingly.
Myth: Never water your plants during the day as it burns the plants
Truth: It is one of the most popular myths of all. Well, it can be called as half truth but shouldn’t be propagated for this reason. Yes, it is right to say that you should not water the plants under sunlight. The water droplets turn into small magnifying glasses. These increase exposure to the sun which can burn the leaves. However, no scientific study supports the claim.
The truth is that it doesn’t happen due to the magnifying effect but due to the UV rays which are known for reflecting the water body. There is no relation of water droplets acting as micro magnifying glasses. Henceforth, it is suggested that the irrigation supplies should be opened just before the sunrise. The water evaporates faster when the sun is overhead and thus takes away the water belonging to the plant.
Myth. If A Plant Is Wilting, Water It
Truth. Has your plant withered away even though you have been irrigating it regularly? Most of us think we haven’t watered the plant enough and start watering it again. But did it help? It sure didn’t. Spare a thought. There could be more reasons behind the wilting.
Wilting doesn’t happen because your plant is thirsty, but because you dug it too deep. This over-enthusiastic activity disturbed the roots and the soil or pests in it are now messing with the growth of the plant. Therefore, before opening the irrigation supplies for the withering plant/plants, just check the soil around it. If it’s damp, do not pour more water, you will suffocate the roots causing more problems.
Myth. When it is raining, shut off the irrigation supplies
Truth: Another vague myth. We know that rainfall is not always consistent. So, even if it showered a bit, do not put off your irrigation supplies. A majority of the rainwater is lost to evaporation and runoff. By turning off the irrigation supplies when it is raining, you may be able to save some gallons of water but some of them may face the shortage.
Install rain sensors. These help monitoring the irrigation system. A rain sensor monitors the amount of rain pouring and helps in determining whether it is good to let the irrigation take place at a particular moment.
Myth. Do not water plants overhead.
Truth. Well, it is right to say that you should water your plants through the soil as you do not lose water and the water runs directly into the roots. But there are situations when it is beneficial to water them overhead.
Just remember, plants are more and more dependent on their foliage and leaves to receive sunlight. If somehow these leaves are compromised, then the plants will not be able to photosynthesize properly. The insects can damage the plants, minimizing their capability to absorb the sunlight. By watering them overhead, you offer moisture to the plants feeling dry due to the heat.
Myth: Watering Using a Sprinkler Can Be Harmful
Truth: the fact that we have been taught to water plants directly into the soil, many consider use of sprinklers as harmful. But it isn’t so. Rather it can be beneficial if your garden is susceptible to dust and dirt frequently or the climate is dry and windy. This will ensure better photosynthesis by the plants. Overhead watering is also good for plants wilting under high temperatures.
There are myths and more myths. Do not let these suffer your lovely plants. Maintain their life and beauty by dispelling the age-old thoughts. You know by following those, you will be fooling yourselves more. And lastly, use your irrigation supplies properly.