How to Avoid Watering Problems with Irrigation
Automatic irrigation systems aren't zero-maintenance. Inspect them regularly to avoid plant injury.
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Occasionally a plant will die in the garden. Sometimes the reason is readily apparent, such as an attack by pests or diseases. Or maybe the plant had been set in unsuitable conditions — like a sun-loving plant in shade. Or perhaps the plant wasn't hardy in that zone.
Yet in most cases, the cause can be traced to a lack of water, and that can be the problem even if you have an automatic irrigation system. Because as good as these systems are, they aren't perfect. For example, one of the lines might break, and you might not notice the problem until it's too late. Or, the lines may be in good shape and the emitters work perfectly, but the water coverage is inadequate. Or, a plant may have grown to the point where it's blocking the spray of water from the emitter. As a result, the surrounding plants are getting plenty of water, but certain plants never do.
The lesson to be learned here is simple: Don't expect automatic irrigation systems to automatically solve your plants' irrigation needs. Inspect your system routinely for changes in water pressure due to damaged lines or faulty valves. Examine heads and emitters, which can become clogged by debris. Take the time to actually watch the system at work.
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