Gardens and lawns are one of the best investments you can make for your home. However, they require a lot of hard work, dedication and an investment of time to ensure they are healthy and thrive for a long time. Choosing to water the gardens manually when you have new gardens planted can be very time-consuming, especially if you have a large space to cover. Gardens need to be watered regularly and your lawns also need to be watered enough to have moist soil at least six inches deep to allow for proper root growth.
To get this right, the best option is to install an irrigation system for your home that will cover all areas of your gardens and lawn. Installing an irrigation system will save many hundreds of hours a year of manual watering, it will conserve water and it will over time, save you money.
How Do I Choose An Irrigation System?
There are many factors to consider when installing an irrigation system on your property. From what type of water source, you have, to what type of soil you have, many factors come into play when deciding what system will suit your space the best. Choosing a watering system that is close to the ground is important for water conservation, especially if your property is prone to high winds, or is relatively unprotected from the wind. Installing pop-up sprinklers is a valid option no matter where you live, and systems like this can be automated to pop up and retract at specific times of the day that is best for watering.
There are also many types of systems to choose from, and with so many choices, it can be difficult to know what is best for you. Your local irrigation and lawn specialist will be able to set out a complete irrigation plan based on your property size, and requirements. Here are a few of the most popular system types and what makes them different.
Soaker hoses are one of the best ways to give deep watering to your gardens without losing too much water through evaporation. Soaker hoses can either be hard mounted to a timed irrigation system or connected directly to your garden hose. They are a budget-friendly option that will deliver great results.
Drip Irrigation Systems
Along the same lines as a soaker system, drip irrigation systems are a series of pipes or hoses that drip water into the places you want the water to be. Not ideal for lawns, they are specifically suited for direct dripping onto plants at their base. They are very water conservative types of irrigation and will save you lots of money. They are also very easy to zone, with a range of T-sections and zone taps available. They can be both manually activated or automated.
Spray systems are the most common type of systems around. They are used with pop-up systems, a direct hose connected lines or set up on specific systems that can operate manually or automatically. They are perfect for small areas of turf, small to large garden beds and vegetable patches.
Rotor systems are great for large areas of space and can cover a range of applications.