Smart irrigation with MIYO
Proper watering is the basis for a healthy and thriving garden.
Here are MIYO's tips:
- Water like nature: deep, but less often and irregularly. This stimulates root growth and helps the plants become strong and resistant to drought.
- When is the best time to water? Watering early in the morning, before it gets too hot, will reduce water loss through evaporation. The afternoon is also an option. Avoid watering in the evening or at night, as prolonged moisture on leaves can encourage fungal disease growth.
- The key to a healthy garden is proper soil moisture. Not too dry, but not too wet for long periods of time. You should definitely avoid overwatering, as this leads to soil compaction and valuable nutrients are washed out. Time-controlled irrigation must therefore be continuously adapted to the seasonal and weather conditions.
This is how you control your irrigation with MIYO
- MIYO is based on the most important parameter of irrigation: soil moisture. You can also enter time windows within which watering can take place if the soil requires it. In the irrigation settings you can set the lower and upper limits of humidity. To achieve natural fluctuations and save water, make sure to set the moisture limits far enough apart. It usually doesn't need to be watered every day.
- To conserve water, it is best to plant plants with similar water needs in one area. The sensor should be placed at a representative point in this area. Targeted water supply, eg drip irrigation, is more economical than irrigating large areas, eg with sprinklers. Irrigation should be designed to provide even coverage of the area.
- Use mulch: Placing a layer of mulch around your plants will help retain soil moisture by reducing evaporation. Mulch also helps suppress weed growth, regulate soil temperature, and improve soil structure over the long term.
- MIYO is the best guarantee for an optimal water supply for your garden and for avoiding overwatering. Adjustments to the growth phases of the plants or observations of plant health are child's play on your mobile phone.
The consequences of overwatering
Excessive watering or waterlogging of the soil has a negative impact on plants and the entire garden ecosystem. Here are some of the most common consequences:
- Oxygen deficiency: When the soil is saturated with water for a long period of time, it displaces oxygen from the soil pores. Plant roots need oxygen to breathe and carry out important metabolic processes. Waterlogging limits the availability of oxygen, which causes roots to suffocate and impairs root function.
- Root Rot and Disease: Excessive moisture creates a favorable environment for the growth of pathogens such as fungus, bacteria, and mold. Damaged roots are less able to absorb water and nutrients, resulting in stunted growth and overall deterioration in plant health.
- Nutrient deficiencies: Overwatering can deprive the soil of important nutrients. When excess water quickly drains through the soil, nutrients are carried away and become unavailable to plants. This can lead to nutrient deficiencies and negatively affect plant growth.
- Lower plant vitality: Waterlogging stresses the plants and leads to reduced vitality and a weakened immune system. Affected plants may show symptoms such as yellowed leaves, wilting, stunted growth and general decline. They become more susceptible to pests and diseases.
- Soil Compaction: Excessive watering can contribute to soil compaction. As soil particles become saturated and compacted, the pore space necessary for good aeration, water infiltration and root penetration is reduced. Compacted soil retards root development, restricts water movement, and affects overall soil health.
- Increased Weed Growth: Overwatering can encourage weed growth. Weeds are often opportunistic and thrive in wet conditions. Too much water provides them with the ideal environment to compete with garden plants for resources such as sunlight, water and nutrients.
- Environmental Impacts: Excessive use of water for irrigation, particularly in water-stressed regions, can stress local water resources and is a form of water wastage.
- To avoid the negative effects of overwatering and waterlogging, it is important to monitor soil moisture regularly. For a healthy garden ecosystem, it is important to strike a balance between providing plants with enough water and avoiding excess moisture.