Fertilizing with a Sprinkler System
Want your garden to look blooming? Wish your lawn looked more green and vital? You need to fertilize. Fertilizer is not a plant food. Plants make their own food by photosynthesizing. Fertilizer provides supplemental components that are often lacking in the soil, such as nitrogen and potassium. They are actually like vitamins.
There is a lot to learn about when to use fertilizer and how to apply it effectively. Synthetic fertilizer is a great tool, but it must be used wisely. There are a number of studies linking incorrect application and health problems, so reducing the handling involved is a wise idea. Applying fertilizer incorrectly or in too-high concentrations will damage or burn your lawn and gardens.
Applying fertilizer to your gardens and lawns via your sprinkler system – fertigation, is a good option to avoid these hazards and reduce the risks to pets and children.
Adding fertilizer to your irrigation system by applying in liquid form right at root-level in small amounts, makes sense because plants can develop healthier roots which makes them hardier to drought, weather, disease, and pests.
What is Fertigation?
Fertigation is the process of adding liquid fertilizer to your irrigation system. While you water your garden or lawn, you can also add the nutrients it needs to perform better and look great. Fertigation can be used in residential or commercial applications and has been used in commercial agriculture and gardening for many years.
Benefits To Fertigation
Use less fertilizer
Due to the nature of residential sprinkler system, liquid fertilizer is used. Liquid fertilizer is diluted so that it is delivered in smaller more frequent amounts. You will use 70-90% less fertilizer this way.
Applying dry fertilizer or standard dilution amounts of fertilizer will sometimes provide more nutrients than plants can absorb. With the lower concentration application through inground sprinklers, plants are able to absorb what’s received more efficiently.
Use Less Water
When applying dry fertilizer, proper hydration is essential to the success of the application and absorption of the fertilizer. If fertilizer is applied and not watered correctly, plants are damaged and then become prone to disease. With fertigation, you’re not applying any additional water, only what you would normally supply through your sprinkler system.
No Fertilizer Run-Off
When applying fertilizer to hills or sloped lawns, storm run-off can be a big concern and environmental hazard. The dangers of synthetic fertilizers seeping into groundwater and other water sources are well-documented. By fertilizing at root-depth in small amounts there is no runoff or environmental danger.
Reduce Transplant Shock
It’s often recommended to add fertilizer to new plantings to ensure a good start. With fertigation, new plantings receive the nutrients all season. As you water new plantings more frequently, as is recommended, they’ll receive extra nutrients as well so they get the best possible start.
GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub integrates with most of the electrical fertilizer pumps in the market. The GreenIQ app lets the user easily choose if, where and when to fertilize.