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98% of all available plants will require at least some irrigation in the summer to look healthy. The benefits of doing this with an automatic irrigation system include:
To make an irrigation system automatic you need a timer (this tells the valve when to turn on and off), valves (these electrically turn the water on and off in each pipe when the timer specifies), pipes or hoses to transfer the water from the main line to the general area needing water, and either drip emitters or spray heads to disperse the water to individual plants.
The most important thing I’ll begin with, since irrigation is such a complex subject, is where to find good advice for FREE. The Urban Farmer store in Mill Valley is more expensive than many stores in some categories to buy materials from because they build in the cost of knowledgeable and detailed advice for FREE that you rarely have to wait for.
More than any other store they have a great selection of all the MANY odds and ends required to be compatible with a variety of existing systems. You can even bring in pictures and/or a drawing of the area you want to irrigate with measurements and they will help you develop a CUSTOM plan for FREE and then help you pick out the materials you will need to put it into practice. This is a GODSEND if you are putting in a full project yourself or trying to repair or modify an existing system.
What I’ll focus on here are a few tips you may or may not find at the Urban Farmer that I have found useful when installing irrigation:
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