Irrigation projects have been found to significantly contribute to the production of food and its security. Without it, a lot of the spectacular growth we’ve seen in agricultural production over the last half century would not have occurred. However, irrigation projects are exceptionally complex and their effectiveness is determined by the contractor and his ability to understand the land, tools, materials and processes with which he works.
What are Irrigation Projects?
An irrigation project involves the movement and control of water, usually from a place where it is abundant to a place where it isn’t. Although roughly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is water, almost all of it is saltwater which is useless for irrigation and agriculture. Only a small percentage of fresh water is available to humans, and irrigation involves the usage of tanks, canals and other networks which can be used to channel this water so it can be used in locations where it would otherwise be scarce.
Why Should You Begin an Irrigation Project?
Big yards or plots of land can be time consuming and tedious to hand water, particularly if you’re growing vegetables or fruit. Some plants need to be watered far more than others, and an irrigation project will allow you to install a system that will automatically give your plants and produce the water they need.
Drip irrigation will also block the development of weeds or disease. It does this by channeling water to the root ball of every plant directly, as opposed to blanketing the garden like rain. As a consequence, nearby weeds won’t be given the opportunity to germinate, which means you won’t have to spend much time eradicating them. Additionally, drip irrigation will help the plants avoid leaf disease which usually results from standing droplets which remain on top of the foliage. Since the water doesn’t hit the flowers or leaves, the chances of blight disease emerging is significantly reduced.
A quality irrigation project will also help you better conserve time and water. Watering a garden by hand only makes sense when it is small or moderate in size, otherwise it will take too much time. Sprinkler or drip irrigation units often come equipped with timers that you can preset which allow the plants to be automatically watered at specific times each week, which frees your hand. It will also substantially lower your water bill.
Why Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds for Irrigation Projects?
A growing number of property owners are recognizing the fragility of the environment, and our need to use existing water sources responsibly. This is something that Fitz’s Fish Ponds understand all too well. We specialize in the development of ponds and water gardens which require excellent water management, but we also help property owners initiate irrigation projects which will maximize their water usage while reducing their energy costs. The tools and materials we employ are both state of the art and top of the line, and we consult with our clients to establish an approach that will work best for them.