For years, lawn and garden professionals have had to choose between two types of fertilizer application systems: broadcast and drip. Which is better?
The answer depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your lawn or garden. If your goal is to get the most nutrients into the ground where they will do the most good, then a residential fertigation system may be right for you.
Fertigation is the application of fertilizer through a drip irrigation system. It is more efficient than other methods of fertilizer application because it provides water and nutrients directly to roots, which helps them absorb the nutrients more fully. In fact, a fertigation system can help you reduce groundwater contamination while increasing efficiency, reducing labor costs, and improving soil health.
What is a Residential Fertigation System?
A residential fertigation system is a device that applies fertilizer and water to your lawn. Fertigation is more efficient than other types of fertilization because it delivers the amount of nutrients your lawn needs, which makes it more effective.
Residential fertigation systems can be customized to meet your needs and can use different chemicals based on the type of grass in your yard.
There are many different kinds of fertigation systems available for homeowners:
- Automated irrigation systems maintain ideal soil moisture levels by automatically watering according to weather conditions and soil type.
- Rain sensors detect when rain has fallen and automatically switch from irrigation mode back to regular watering mode after a certain period.
- Day/night timers switch between daytime cycles that keep plants healthy during sunny days versus nighttime cycles that allow them to rest during cooler periods.
Fertilizer is best applied to your lawn as close to the root zone.
The time of year that you apply fertilizer is important. Suppose it is applied during the hot summer months when the grass blades are growing rapidly and transpiring heavily. In that case, it will be quickly used up by thirsty roots, and no benefit will be gained from additional applications.
In addition, if fertilizer is applied shortly after mowing or watering (when soils are still saturated) it may run off into storm drains and pollute groundwater supplies with excess nutrients.
If fertilizer must be applied when temperatures are high, consider using slow-release products such as granular urea or nitrogen stabilizers instead of liquid forms that can easily wash away in heavy rains or irrigation cycles.
Residential Fertigation Systems Come in All Shapes and Sizes.
Residential fertigation systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it difficult to find the right one for your needs. We’ve put together a few different sizes below to help determine what will work best for your yard.
- Smaller yards – If you have a smaller yard (less than 1/8 acre), there are some great options available that don’t require any additional water or electrical hookup.
- Medium-sized yards – For medium-sized yards (1/4 acre to 1/2 acre), adding an irrigation system is still an option if you already have existing sprinklers or drip lines installed. You can also consider installing an automatic timed system. It will automatically water your lawn based on how long it has been since it last rained, as well as how much sunlight we receive each day so that plants aren’t over or under-watered. This means less time spent on watering chores!
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Advantages of a Residential Fertigation System
There are many advantages to using a residential fertigation system.
It’s better for the environment. Traditional watering systems often lose excess water because the hose isn’t attached correctly or the sprinkler head is broken. Fertigation systems use drip irrigation technology that allows you to water your lawn or garden more precisely—and less wastefully. This means less run-off into local rivers and streams and fewer chemical residues entering our waterways.
It also means less wasted energy (and money) on heating and pumping water from wells or reservoirs into your yard; you are only watering what needs watering!
Fertigation systems are more efficient than traditional watering methods. You will save time by using less water per application. There is no need to adjust the flow rate every time you switch out a hose or turn off an outdoor fixture because of this flexibility!
You will also save money on electricity bills since these advanced irrigation tools only run off solar power during daylight hours – no batteries are required!
Finally, if not most importantly: it gets results fast, too. One gallon per hour equals 50 feet of coverage area, so even large yards won’t take long at all!
Fertigation is more efficient than broadcast applications. This means that you can use less fertilizer, water, and labor to achieve the same level of growth as compared to broadcasting.
In addition to these advantages, fertigation allows you to apply fertilizer near the root zone where it will be most effective so that your plants can access it quickly once they need it. With broadcast fertilizers, this isn’t possible because they are spread too far away from plant roots for most of their water or nutrient needs.
Fertigation also allows you to apply fertilizer in small amounts over a long period instead of large amounts less often—which reduces waste by allowing only what’s needed at any given stage in growth or development through proper measurement (metering).
Reduce Groundwater Contamination
If you have a pool or apply fertilizer at the same time every year when it rains, you are likely over-applying nitrogen and risking groundwater contamination. Fertigation systems prevent run-off by applying the right amount of nutrients to each plant in your yard.
They also ensure that water only goes where it should: into the ground, not onto your lawn or driveway. Additionally, they are designed to prevent pooling so that there is no excess moisture around plants after watering has ended.
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Fertigation systems make it easier for you to fertilize your lawn or garden. It is the process of applying fertilizers, amendments, and pesticides through a single irrigation system. Using fertigation, you can apply fertilizer in a controlled manner and at the right time of year so that it is not wasted by leaching or runoff before it has had time to work its way into the soil.
Fertigation systems are also more efficient than traditional fertilizer methods because they reduce waste. One application will get spread evenly over an entire lawn instead of being wasted when too much is applied in one area. Soil amendments like compost tea may be added at the same time as fertilizer to help keep plants healthy without spending unnecessary money on additional products or services!
We hope this brief introduction to residential fertigation systems has been enlightening and helpful. We believe that this technology will be a big part of the future of lawn care, especially as water and fertilizer usage become more limited. If you have any questions or comments about what we have covered here today, please let us know in the comments below!