2 Systems To Help You Save Money While You Grow A Healthy Garden

Your garden plants need the right amount of watering to grow large and healthy. Garden watering takes up time from your day, and the excess water can provide moisture for weeds to grow and is also wasted in evaporation. Here is some information to help you set up a watering system to save money on water and fight weeds, then how to use an inexpensive mulch system to further help you control garden weeds. 

Drip Irrigation System

A drip irrigation system in your garden will save you time and money. With a drip system on a timer you won't have to manually water your garden, saving you time. You will use less water in your garden because the water goes straight to the roots of your garden plants and less water is wasted in evaporation. You also won't provide water to the unused soil in your garden, resulting in less weed growth. Studies have shown that a drip system can use 30 to 50 percent less water than a sprinkler watering system. 

The best type of drip irrigation watering system for your garden will provide a low flow of water to your plants. You can find drip irrigation watering kits that come with tubing in sizes from 1/4 to 1 inch in width, depending on how much water you want to provide to your plants.

A 1/4 inch tube will provide up to 30 gallons per hour of water and a 1 inch tube will provide up to 960 gallons per hour. Slower watering of your garden plants will give the water time to soak down into the soil around the plant. Faster watering will soak the plant, then spread out to surrounding soil. With this in mind, it is best to go with 1/4 inch tubing for your garden so you don't needlessly water surrounding soil and weeds.

A basic drip irrigation system will begin with mainline tubing, which provides water to each row of drip tubing. The drip tubing delivers water to each plant via tiny holes. The mainline tubing is connected to a pressure regulator and a water filter where the water comes from your home's main water line. You can also attach a programmable timer at the main water, so your drip system can turn the flow of water on and off at set times each day or alternating days. 

You may also need plugs to stop up unused drip holes and also wire u-shaped prongs to keep your drip tubing in place.

Once you buy this type of drip irrigation system, you can reuse it each year to continue to reap its savings in water and your time. If you are having trouble setting it up, contact a drip irrigation service.

Mulch Your Garden Plants

You can help the environment and your wallet by recycling newspapers to use as a mulching material in your garden. A layer of mulch in your garden will block out sunlight, water, and oxygen to keep down weeds where you are not growing any plants. 

Even if you are using a drip irrigation system to prevent weed-watering, your garden will still get the occasional rain shower. A mulch system can help block the moisture from any weeds that might try to grow in your garden. Also, a thick layer of mulch in your garden will allow you to walk in your garden without getting in the dirt and mud.

Save up your newspapers and any other non-glossy papers, then shred them in your home office shredder. When your garden plants are about five inches tall, spread the shredded paper mulch between your garden rows. Lay down two to four inches of shredded paper. You may want to wet the paper with a hose right away, then it will dry into a hard shell. This will also keep the shredded paper mulch from blowing away in a wind storm.

You can till this mulch system into your soil at the end of the growing season.

These two garden systems can help your garden be successful.