Irrigation is a necessity for any installed hedge—using a drip irrigation system is both user-friendly, environmentally friendly, easy to install and the most efficient way to ensure hedges receive ideal watering care:
- The goal of a drip irrigation system is to deliver water as needed directly to the root system of the hedge, typically through the use of a hose with ‘dripping’ holes emitting water along it.
- Drip irrigation systems can be placed on the soil’s surface or buried underground near the hedge root system, making the irrigation system easily implemented within a design plan.
- A standard drip hose with 9-12’’ emitter (dripper) spacing is typically recommended for watering InstantHedge. The spacing between emitters ensures the entire rooting volume is watered.
- Drip irrigation minimizes evaporation from the soil’s surface, making it a cost-effective way to water—drip irrigation maximizes efficient water use, thus using less water.
- Drip lines are the most effective way to deliver irrigation to row plants—making them the ideal irrigation method for hedges which typically have a long footprint.
- Irrigation systems are easily controlled using timers or automated systems, saving on time and labor, while cutting down on manual watering. Using timers to control the drip irrigation lines allows the hedges to be watered at the ideal time of day (typically between 2-7am).
- For hedges installed in planters and containers or in micro-gardens, hand-watering is always an option. If placing InstantHedges in a container, make sure drainage holes are present so that any excess water can drain out.
- Some planters and containers are large enough to be installed with a drip system—drip hoses, spray stakes, or micro-sprinklers can be configured to fit any container.