Which Irrigation System is Best Suited for Your Property’s Landscaping?

How do you know if you need a sprinkler irrigation system or a drip irrigation system? The answer depends on the area that you are watering. Here’s what you should know about both types of systems in order to use water efficiently and allow your lawn or gardens to flourish.

Sprinkler Irrigation Systems

Sprinkler irrigation systems are a great way to water large, level areas needing a substantial amount of water, such as lawns. Built in sprinkler systems include a water line that is buried beneath the ground to protect it from lawn mowers and other potential damage. These systems can be set on a timer, so that you can water during the most efficient times, and can be adjusted so that you are not wasting water by irrigating during rainy weather.

Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation systems are an effective way to keep water concentrated on a particular plant or small area. This type of irrigation uses a system of tubes placed around your plantings at soil level. Because the moisture seeps directly into the ground, there is little to no waste due to evaporation or runoff.

Drip irrigation systems have some added benefits over sprinkler systems:

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  • Drip irrigation does not over-wet flower and vegetable leaves, so there is less opportunity for fungus to harm your plants.
  • Because drip irrigation focuses on a small area or single plant, the areas around it that are not getting watered will have fewer weeds.
  • Drip Irrigation is a slow irrigation method, so there is less water waste due to runoff, and less opportunity for groundwater pollution.
  • Since the water from drip irrigation stays on the ground, it is used before it has the chance to evaporate.

If you are like most property owners, then you have several goals that you would like to achieve with an irrigation system. Perhaps you have a lawn that is not entirely flat, a shaded flower garden area, or a sunny area with a small vegetable garden. Whatever the particulars of your property, the way to get the most out of your irrigation system without overwatering and overpaying is to consult an irrigation professional.

When designing a drip or sprinkler irrigation system, the experts at All Wet Irrigation & Lighting will consider all factors impacting the area, including slope, shade, soil condition, and types of grass or plantings. Then, we make recommendations regarding irrigation based on your particular needs so that your irrigation system is a perfect fit for your property.

To learn more about our irrigation system capabilities or to schedule a free estimate, give All Wet a call today or visit our irrigation service pages.