The type of garden you are growing is not the issue, but getting the proper amount of water to the right plants at the right time is crucial for success.
Disease is the first reason for needed a water timer. Some plants, like tomatoes are more prone to diseases if they are watered in the late afternoon and evening because of moisture on the plant. This means the best time to water them is early in the morning so that do not spend an unusual amount of time with beads of water on their stalks and leaves.
If you are like most, your mornings are busy and you have kids to get up and prepared for school and you also have to get ready for work. This is where a water timer system can give you the edge you need for optimum growth and health.
Water conservation is the next reason since water is getting scarcer. A water timer teamed up with soaker hoses makes sure the water is not evaporated before it is absorbed into the soil where it does the most good. A slow saturation also lets the water penetrate the soil better and deeper so that all of the roots have access to water through the long and hot summer days.
Being able to water with the right amount of water is the third reason for using a water timer in your garden. Many people over water their plants and cause many types of disease including root rot.
Giving a plant too much water can also cause problems with the fruit on many species of trees, berries and melons. They can rupture from extremely fast growth due to over watering and flower gardens can start growing molds that could kill them within just a few days if you keep them or their soil too moist.
Over watering also encourages earth worms to pack up and move, denying your plants much needed organic fertilizers and optimum soil conditions.
Don’t worry if you have multiple different plants in your garden that needs different amounts of water, they have timers that can run multiple hoses and can be set differently for each hose outlet. Just group the plants with similar watering needs in close proximity so they can be watered from the same hose. Then set it and forget it because they are taken care of by the timer.
Saving on your water bill is the last reason that you should use a water timer. If you are on metered water, you may have noticed some pretty stiff increases over the last few years on your water bill. Your usage probably did not increase, but the rates likely have.
It is not uncommon to see water bills in excess of 100 bucks or more per month these days. You can expect it to get worse as the economy gets worse and taxes and expenses rise in the future.