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Watering by hand wastes more than 50% of the water through runoff or evaporation. Automatic irrigation settings offer benefits that reduce your water usage, therefore reducing your costs while conserving resources.
Both drip irrigation and sprinkler systems can be set to daily or weekly watering. These systems can also be set as timed for specific hours during day or night. The system will also automatically shut the water off when the irrigation process is complete. You do not have to be physically present for this water system to be effective. The automatic shut off will keep your water usage to a minimum, and lower your costs since less water will be used.
By installing an irrigation system specifically designed for your landscape, only areas that truly need water will receive it, thus limiting your potential weed growth. Drip irrigation systems are particularly efficient at this: the system directs water specifically to each plant’s roots, rather than sprinkling over the entire garden.
Plants will grow faster and greener when watered with smaller amounts of water over a longer period, which is exactly what irrigation systems are designed to do. Installing an irrigation system will improve your plant growth significantly.
Watering by hand often leads to excess water seeping into the soil. Water runoff seeps into the soil and carries precious nutrients away from your plants. Using a hose can also compact your soil, leading to plant suffocation or root disease. Using an irrigation system will preserve your soil structure and keep your plants absorbing nutrients, not the runoff water.