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Popular TV gardener David Domoney partners with Irrigatia


With an estimated 27 million gardeners in the UK searching for solutions to make their dream garden a reality, TV gardener David Domoney has teamed up with environmentally friendly water specialists Irrigatia.


Automatic irrigation systems are fast becoming a widely used addition to gardens, buildings and other growing areas. Their growing popularity is owed to their ability to enhance water efficiency for plants, reduce time spent watering, minimise water wastage, and harvest the sun, using 100% solar energy to power them.


When watering plants in the garden we often use more water than we need, but an Irrigatia system is more accurate in its watering because it can alter the application according to the weather conditions and the season using the solar panel. 


One of the biggest challenges for new and keen gardeners is watering plants correctly, considering quantity, timing, and method. David Domoney says this is an essential gardener’s task to get right for great growing success and to live more sustainably.


“Overwatering and underwatering is a challenge for all gardeners. And whenever I appear at a public event to talk about plants, watering plants correctly is a topic that the audience loves to quiz me about. There are several variables to consider when it comes to watering plants, from access to water type, time of day, and how the weather impacts plants’ hydration requirements. This is why the watering systems created by Irrigatia will make a massive difference to gardeners across the country.”



Irrigatia produces a range of solar-powered automatic irrigation kits that use cutting-edge green technology to help homeowners water their plants in an environmentally friendly way. Their automatic watering system for outdoor plants has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label for its sustainable and environmentally aligned design. Their range of solutions use the rainwater collected in water butts to water the garden efficiently and effectively and all of this is powered through sunlight. This ensures plants receive the right amount of water depending on the weather and conditions.


“Not everyone has a tap in the right place to reach every part of the garden or may have to queue for access to a single hosepipe in allotment gardens, let alone considering how to take care of your plants whilst you are away on holiday,” says David. “Irrigatia’s solar-powered irrigation means you can water wherever you have access to a water butt, totally automatically. It’s a great problem-solver.”


Managing Director of Irrigatia George Evans pointed out, “Watering plants is often the task that takes up most of your time. In fact, there is data available that suggests in an average year, Brits spend up to 45 hours giving their garden a drink. We believe that you can get most of this time back with our watering kits and you can spend more time enjoying the garden.”


As our climate becomes warmer year on year, gardeners are having to deal with drought warnings from water companies, so harvesting rainwater is becoming an essential task. But you don’t have to worry about carrying a watering can around your plot with Irrigatia kits, as it will use a simple drip system to keep your plants healthy and hydrated. Plus, you won’t have to worry about scorching the leaves of the plants either, as the drip method ensures that the water soaks into the soil and won’t evaporate.


“Another key benefit of the Irrigatia system is the fact that your plants are taking in rainwater,” David added. “The chlorides and fluorides put in mains water are not always ideal for your plants, whereas natural rainwater is always better.”


George Evans stated, “Even in the driest parts of the UK it is estimated that 24,000 litres of water could be collected from our roofs each year. Not only will this save you money on your water bill, but it will also help your plants too.” 


Grow your own enthusiasts can also benefit too. With an estimated 330k allotments across the UK, and interest in growing our own fruit and vegetables increasing, there is a demand for solutions that reduce the care and maintenance of crops. According to the National Allotment Society, the average plot of an allotment is approximately 250 sqm, which allows growers plenty of space to plant a variety of fruits and vegetables to feed their families. This also creates a significant requirement for watering.  And this is where the Irrigatia range of watering systems would ease the maintenance burden significantly, whilst reducing the number of times you need to travel to your respective plot.

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