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Irrigation 101

by | Aug 5, 2021

Tired of lugging the hose around the yard and spending hours of your day watering your lawn? For those that have done this their whole life or have used a watering can, they may not see the need for using anything else. After all, if the watering can (or lugging around buckets of water or the hose in the heat of summer) is working and efficient, there isn’t any need to use something else, right? This may be true, but many people don’t know what they’ve been missing out on until they have it.

Not only can you save hours of time and money, but you can also take better care of your shrubs and lawn through an efficient method specifically made to care for your lawn. If you’ve been thinking about installing an irrigation system but aren’t sure if it’ll be worth it, we’re prepared to make a solid case for you. We believe that the necessity of a healthy, beautiful, and pain-free lawn is an efficient, proper functioning, and well-designed irrigation system.

Let’s take a look at why.

old fashioned irrigationWhen You Need an Irrigation System

Although everyone’s lawn can benefit, there are times when an irrigation system will be more necessary for lawns than others. These systems are most commonly used for landscapes that have lots of plants, shrubs, trees, and perennials. With irrigation systems, you get to adjust how much water your plants need and how often. For plants that are relying on getting their daily water intake from you, making sure that they’re given the right amount of water is crucial.

The reason why they’re so popular with homeowners is that they can be customized to exactly what you need and when you need it. You can even purchase smaller sprayers that will water-specific sections of your lawn (if you have certain flower beds, gardens, or shrubs that need certain amounts of water) to make sure that it gets what it needs. With irrigation systems, you can have the freedom to customize it until you’re sure that your lawn is receiving the water it needs.

The Types Of Landscape Irrigation

The world of landscape irrigation can indeed be confusing and mysterious with all the different information available and the different options. When you’re first thinking about having one installed it can be complex and interesting, but also overwhelming. Many people think that they just have one option, but you actually have a few different options to choose from. Here are the top four that you can choose from.

Drip IrrigationDrip Irrigation

Drip irrigation systems are the easiest to use, cut down on labor, and are energy and water-efficient. Unlike other forms of irrigation systems, these systems run through pipes and tubing to deliver water to your plants and lawn. Typically this type of irrigation system works best when lawns are in windy territories or uneven terrain.

Surface Irrigation

This is one of the more common systems, typically on smaller lawns that don’t need as much water. Surface irrigation comes in many forms, not just having a system installed. In fact, surface irrigation is probably what you’re using for your lawn right now. Surface irrigation is any form of applying water to the lawn’s surface and then it leaks down to the roots and dirt.

This comes in the form of hoses, sprinkler attachments, or something as simple as a watering can; they’re all considered surface irrigation. Although this is the most popular irrigation system, it’s also not efficient and requires a lot of work on the homeowner’s part. It’s not the best system for making sure that your plants and shrubs get the water that they need since it’s mainly relying on the homeowner.

Sprinkler Irrigation

This is the most heard of irrigation system and one that you see a lot. Sprinklers are common when it comes to watering lawns, but they’re not the most efficient. Unlike systems that go underground, sprinklers are similar to surface irrigation they spray the water from above to the plants. They often waste water and don’t always reach the plants the way they should. They can either retract out of the ground while they water your plants or always stay above ground.

Blended Irrigation

Why not get the best of both worlds with yours? By blending drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation you can give your lawn the attention that it needs. If you’re going for this option a smart controller is an absolute. You’ll make sure that your plants are getting watered only when necessary and conserve water and energy with a smart controller. This is the best way to save water and to make sure that your lawn is getting what it really needs.

How Easy Are Irrigation Systems To Install?

Before you have your irrigation system installed there will be planning and a process involved. Your lawn will have to be assessed to know what type of design you need based on the plants, shrubs, and the lawn that you have. You have to consider the soil, since depending on the soil that you have some irrigation systems may work better than others. There’s not only consideration to think about but also the size that you need and the variety.

For those that have a larger lawn and plants, it might be necessary to install multiple systems spaced out, while smaller lawns might not. Having a landscaping contractor to help you know what irrigation system you need depending on your soil and plants that you have. The installation process is the easiest part of it all, with your landscaping contractor coming in to lay the irrigation system and make sure that everything runs smoothly.

Summing It Up

Have we convinced you yet that you need an irrigation system for your lawn? We hope so! Trust us when we tell you that it’ll easily be your best decision yet. Once your system is installed and you start using it you’ll be wondering why you didn’t get one sooner. Above we’ve given you all the information that you need to know to make a smart decision about whether or not you need an irrigation system and how to decide what one you need. If you’re ready, let LandArt Solutions be your first choice as your landscaping contractor!

Matthew Horn

Vice President of LandArt solutions since 2008, Matt Horn brings unrivaled experience and training to his work. Matt has multiple certifications from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and in stormwater management that cover installation, maintenance, and inspection. Among his specialties is the installation of residential and permeable pavers and retaining walls, but his quiver contains many more skills. These include landscape design and renovation, green building, site planning, drainage solutions, and many more. Matt’s experience in landscape design includes but is hardly limited to patios, turf (natural and synthetic), hardscaping, lighting, and irrigation. As an influential part of LandArt deeply invested in its success, reputation, and client satisfaction, Matt has played a principal role in adding beauty, function, and value to multitudes of North Carolina homes and businesses.

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