For gardeners and homeowners in this area, some kind of irrigation is a necessity for keeping a lawn or garden alive. During periods of light or no rainfall, most gardens and lawns will need at least an inch of water per week. Sprinklers and manual irrigation are common choices, but there are several types of irrigation options to consider.
Manual irrigation using buckets or watering cans is the most basic form of irrigation, and works well if you only have a few potted plants or a small container garden. Most homeowners with lawns or large gardens would find this method impractical, and instead opt for sprinkler irrigation or a localized irrigation system. Each method and system has advantages and challenges, but a careful assessment of your needs and budget will allow you to choose the best option for your landscape.
Drip irrigation is recommended for use on trees, shrubs, garden beds, or any area where maximizing water efficiency is desirable. Drip irrigation applies water directly to individual plants via a system of piping, flexible tubing, and emitters – tiny devices that control the rate of flow from the system. Drip irrigation can also consist of perforated or porous pipe. Drip systems can be configured to suit a variety of applications, including annual and perennial plantings, shrubs, trees, and ground covers.
In sprinkler irrigation, also called overhead irrigation, water is piped and distributed by one or more sprinklers. For homeowners who have the time and ability to attach and detach a sprinkler and move it around the yard, a simple sprinkler attached to a garden hose may be adequate. However, for homeowners with large planting areas or expanses of lawn, and for homeowners who cannot monitor a manual sprinkler, a built-in sprinkler system is a better option.
Built-in sprinkler systems vary widely in size, cost and design, but the basic idea is to have a water distribution system that operates independently and unobtrusively. Typically, sprinkler irrigation is used for watering lawns, but can be extended to other garden areas as well.
Good design is the key to installing an efficient sprinkler system. The system must be designed to apply water evenly over the desired area while minimizing overspray, which wastes water. Proper spacing of sprinklers, types of sprinklers used, and the pipe sizing all play a role in planning an adequate sprinkler system. ALL-N-1 Landscape has years of experience with a variety of systems, and can expertly design, install, and maintain a water-efficient sprinkler systems for your landscape