5 things to know when choosing an irrigation system for your home

Posted on 31 January, 2017 in Irrigation, Home 5 things to know when choosing an irrigation system for your home

Hand-watering gardens, flower beds, and lawns is time consuming and hard work. Perhaps you use a sprinkler, but find that relocating it every 20 minutes is not your idea of fun? Having an irrigation system for your lawn or garden is a home improvement project that will make your life easier, straightaway. Just imagine, no more worrying about watering the garden when you are away or too busy; just a well watered garden all-year round! Plus, you benefit from a more efficient use of water.

If you are considering choosing an irrigation system for your home, there are a few things you need to know to enable you to choose the right one. Here are five key things to consider to help you make the right decision.

1. Soil Type

The exact make-up of the soil in your garden affects how it absorbs water. For example, clay soil absorbs much more water and sandy soil absorbs less. You will need to find out about the type of soil you are dealing with since it will affect the type of irrigation method you use and also the irrigation run times. Basically, irrigation systems fall into two categories, sprayers which send water into the air, and drip irrigation systems that distribute water to the root zones.

2. Land Topography

Is your garden flat or on a slope? Lawns and gardens that are on hills or slopes can be a challenge for a drip irrigation system since the water may runoff. You may need to adjust system run times to account for this so make sure you choose an irrigation system that is fully adjustable. Also, different zones of your garden may require different amounts of water, for example vegetable gardens will need more water than native plants.

3. Weather

Sprinklers are less desirable in areas where high winds are common, environments that are very hot and sunny, and in arid areas with a low humidity. This is because high amounts of water will be lost due to drifting from the wind, or from evaporation. Instead, drip irrigation systems work well in both of these situations. Also, depending where in Australia you live, you may want an irrigation system that accounts for rainfall and that can be adjusted according to the seasons.

4. Types of Plants

Aside from the dimensions and size of your garden, the types of plants (and grass) will determine the size and number of sprinklers that you will need. You are going to need a different system for a manicured lawn than for an herb garden, for example. It will depend on whether you have containers, hanging baskets, shrubs, trees, vegetable beds, annual beds, or seed beds. Also, some plants will be more susceptible to problems caused by incorrect irrigation, such as fungal problems from overhead watering onto foliage. Depending on the types of plants, when they grow they can block the spray pattern or stop water from reaching all areas of your garden.

5. Water Quality

You will need to know whether your local water contains minerals or chemicals that could damage your plants if sprayed directly onto them. Most drip irrigation systems require some type of filtration. In any case, irrigation water should be tested for water borne pathogens. Other water quality issues that me be of a concern include levels of soluble iron and other dissolved minerals.

An irrigation system can make a homeowner’s life much easier. However, sprinkler and drip systems can require high levels of investment and not all irrigation systems are equally suitable for your lawn or garden. Contact Hardy Landscaping and allow the experts to guide you on watering your garden in the most precise and efficient way.

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