Need some guidance setting the Watering Schedule? We’ve put together the following table and guidelines to help you through this process.
Using the Table Above:
To determine your watering time, all you need to consider are the following three things: region, soil type, and season. With that knowledge and the table above, you’re ready to get started watering.
1.What region do you live in? Scan the column on the left and select the region.
2.What type of soil do you have? Pick from the types below, and use that to select which line to read on the table above.
Sand: Loose sandy soil
Loam: Soft rich soil
Clay: Hard, dense soil
3. What season is it? The season is shaded according to the seasons of the year (see the key below the table).
4.Using these three pieces of information - region, soil type, and season - locate the recommended watering time on the table, according to the number of days per week and the respective minutes indicated.
Note: Some season and region combinations will have multiple options for number of irrigation days per week. In these instances, choose the number of irrigation days which are most convenient. For example: For desert regions with sandy soil, in the summer you have the option of irrigating either 6 OR 7 days per week, for 60 OR 50 minutes per day, respectively.
Also note that the table above is intended to serve as a guide - the exact duration and frequency of watering depends on the temperature, wind conditions, soil type and plant variety. Use the table above as a guideline, then increase or decrease the suggested watering times until your exact watering needs are met.
You may operate dripper circuits in the day or evening. Check with your local water authority for any water restrictions.
Water is applied much more slowly with a drip watering system than traditional methods, so watering times may be much longer than you are used to.
With drip systems the root zone of the plant is kept moist but never saturated, so visible puddling is not an indication of proper watering. A good rule of thumb is to water as soon as the top inch of soil next to the plan feels dry when you wiggle your finger into it.