Water wastage, climate change and serious water shortages across our country create a seasonal spate of debates relating to water usage during the winter months. At Waterware, we value water as a precious commodity and have put together several irrigation tips to ensure that you use water sparingly during the dry seasons while keeping your garden in sparkling condition. “Because every drop counts,” we want to make sure your experience of our products achieves just that in maintaining your winter garden and sprinkler systems.
Conservation is a harmonious act of working together; that is why we strongly encourage all homeowners to take note of their local municipality’s water restrictions.
According to the gardening calendar, winter is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Roots start to develop and will then draw water from the spring rainfall to blossom, bloom and grow in our hot African summers. So now is the time to set the foundation for a flourish of colour beyond spring.
For your winter garden, the following irrigation tips will help to get your garden through the colder months.
1. Mulch your plants
Mulching your beds, especially newly planted bulbs, is important. This mulch application retains moisture and oxygen in the soil and keeps weeds from growing around the newly planted areas. The mulched soil also requires less watering, prevents certain plants from being overwatered and protects the roots from the cold.
2. Make June your maintenance month
June is the ideal month to prune your roses and tidy up your trees, whilst getting your newest buds exposed to the limited sunlight available during winter daylight hours. Sticking to your watering schedule will also help the shorter afternoon sunlight do its thing, while a product such as a 2:3:2 fertilizer will keep the roots well fed during this crucial time.
3. Spray the winter frost away
In certain parts of South Africa, icicles, mist and moisture can accumulate in the colder evenings. When a notorious cold front rears its ugly head, frost and icicles should be removed with a light, warm spray in the mornings, as the sun comes out. This irrigation tip is particularly effective in preventing heavy or light frost burn on your plants.
4. Adjust your sprinkling schedule
Some automated controllers offer a “rain sensor mode” which will automatically turn your sprinklers off when rain is detected. If this specific controller malfunctions, sensing rain that is not there, it might burn out due to overheating. Either disconnect the controller or shut it off from the main power. (And then remember to reprogramme it again in spring).
Plants also lose less water during winter, so readjusting your sprinkling times will prevent the roots from rotting and plants from being overwatered. (Any winter watering should occur between 9 am and 3 pm).
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Put our essential irrigation tips into practice before the cold snap settles in.