Heavy Equipment Rentals-What You Should Know

Heavy Equipment Rentals-What You Should Know

Poor Soil Conditions Affecting Your Drip Irrigation System? Improve It With This Tip

by Kristina Burton

Drip irrigation systems are designed to improve the growth and health of your garden's plants. But if your soil is dry and compacted, the irrigation system can't water your plants properly. The plants in your garden will eventually wither away and die. You can save your garden by conditioning the soil. Here's what you do.

What Are Conditioners?

Conditioners describe natural products, such as cow manure, compost and moss, that help soil retain its moisture, nutrients and beneficial microorganisms when it dries out. Dry soil can compact or clump together over time and prevent your irrigation system from watering your plants. Conditioning is one of the easiest things you can do on your own to improve the quality of your soil.

Soil conditioners contain natural chemicals that protect soil from water loss, root damage and poor growth. The chemicals include nitrogen to improve the growth of your plants and potassium to increase the absorption of water. You generally till or aerate the soil before you spread the conditioner over it. Aerating the soil encourages air and moisture to form in it, which helps the soil absorb the nutrients in the conditioner faster and better.

How Do You Condition Your Soil?

Before you condition your soil, obtain a garden tiller and a bag of manure or moss. Now, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Rake the tiller over the soil for about 10 minutes to aerate it. Flipping or rotating the bottom layer of soil over the top layer helps create pockets of air inside it. In addition, the tiller will remove the dead or dying plants from the soil.
  2. Remove any rocks and pebbles you find by hand. Some types of rocks have small pores on them that soak up water. You want the water from your drip irrigation system to flow freely through the tilled soil.
  3. Sprinkle your conditioner over the soil, then repeat this step several more times. The multiple layers of conditioner will form a seal over the surface of your garden.
  4. Wait several days, then place new plant seeds in the soil. The treated soil needs time to adjust to the weather and irrigation system's water.

It may take a week or two before you notice a difference in your garden's soil. If your efforts work, you may notice new seedlings sprout up from the soil. However, if the soil remains dry and compacted with no signs of change or new life, contact a drip irrigation service for help. There may be other problems with your system and soil that you can't see.


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Heavy Equipment Rentals-What You Should Know

Thanks for visiting my website. My name is Justin Cook. I am an avid do-it-yourselfer. I hate paying a contractor a large sum of money when I know that I can complete the project myself much cheaper by doing my own labor. However, there were a few projects I avoided because I didn't have access to the heavy equipment that would be needed to do the job. While surfing the web and looking at construction websites, I saw an advertisement for heavy equipment rentals. I had no idea I could rent this type of equipment. After doing some research, I learned what I needed to know about renting this type of machinery. I created this website because I figured if I didn't know, others didn't. If you are looking to rent heavy equipment for the first time, I hope my website answers any and all questions you may have.