If we have installed an automatic irrigation system in your garden, this comprises gear driven pop-up sprinklers in the lawn to water the grass and 'soakahose' (a continuously perforated pipe) buried just below the soil surface in the planted areas. The soaker hose is broken down into several areas or zones to allow individual control of water needs in different parts of the garden and to make best use of the available flow of water.
A 6-zone programmer controls the irrigation system. The instructions for use are with the programmer. We will have set the programme for the current watering requirements. You will need to familiarize yourselves with operation of the programmer, be aware of the varying needs for water throughout the year and change the programme accordingly. As the seasons change and as plants become established the requirements for water will vary:
During the main growing season the programmer should be set to water alternate days and the duration of watering adjusted for each zone to meet the individual needs of the garden.
In a prolonged hot dry spell the programme should be reset to water every day.
In prolonged wet weather the programme should be turned to OFF and restarted when the ground dries out.
In the spring, autumn and even mild dry spells in the winter it may be necessary to run all or part of the water cycle.
Maintenance of Irrigation Systems
The irrigation system will give many years of reliable service assuming it is carefully maintained and correctly run.