Sprinkler Systems and Drip Irrigation – What’s best for you?

When you are used to them, you might take a sprinkler system for granted. When you don’t have it, you start to understand its true value. Watering your lawn yourself can be a lot of work, inefficient and not as good for the plants as the right irrigation system.

With proper installation, you won’t need to worry about it at all. A good sprinkler system is barely noticable when not active. When it activates, your lawn and plants should get the right amount of water at the right time. All hands-free!

If you want to make it simple, you should have the irrigation system planned and built even before the lawn is finished. If that is not an option anymore, a professional landscaping contractor can still work with what you have. Either way, you should definitely have someone help you with the planning at least. A proper system can save you lots of water and trouble.

However, it’s probably a good idea to still understand how irrigation works. Here’s a quick overview:

Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler System
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There’s various sprinkler systems, but they all work the same. In some way, they spray water across your lawn. This may be good for grass, but not all plans or shrubs like that. Also, they may waste a lot of water. On the picture, the road is probably watered, too. However, it really doesn’t need it.

These systems are often called “overhead sprinklers”. They are pretty easy to install, and can even be portable. Ideally, they are automated to activate in the morning to water your yard.

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation systems are less well-known, since they are working invisibly. Tubes are planted in the earth, and release water into the soil when it runs. This way, the soil is kept moist throughout the day and less water is wasted.

However, you can’t install it beneath a lawn without destroying the lawn first. That’s why irrigation systems should be installed before the landscaping is done. Even if you already have a lawn, it is something you should consider. Drip irrigation is a long-term investment and can save up to 60% water, along with other benefits.

Also, if you have flowerbeds, shrubs and trees, drip irrigation systems are much more effective than spriklers, since the water actually reaches the soil. With sprinklers, most of the water is caught by leafs.


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