Are you thinking about installing an automatic sprinkler system to keep your lawn watered and healthy this summer? Before you make a decision, you should first consider all the different types of systems available. Depending on the landscape of your lawn and the location of your home, one system might make more sense than another. A well-planned system will prevent you from wasting water and will keep your plants as healthy as possible.
Drip irrigation is the most water-efficient type of sprinkler system, delivering water straight to the base of the plant. Water slowly drips to the roots of the plants, giving the soil time to absorb the water and maintain a uniform moisture level. This method minimizes runoff and prevents water loss due to misting or spraying that doesn’t land where it should. Drip systems can be customized to meet the needs of your particular garden bed and come in the form of drippers, bubblers, soakers, and micro-sprayers depending on your assortment of plants and soil type.
A soaker hose is a form of drip irrigation. The soaker hose sweats water along the entire length of the hose. They are equally effective for irrigating dense plant beds and singular plants. Soaker hoses can be attached to regular hoses in order to control how much water is delivered to various areas of your lawn, delivering less water to areas that don’t need as much irrigation in order to limit water waste. A soaker hose is a good option if your landscape is designed with clusters of dense planting separated by stretches of open lawn.
Traditional Automatic Spray System
If you have a large open lawn with a lot of ground to cover with irrigation, a traditional automatic spray system might be your best option. A spray head delivers water to your lawn in either a full circle, half circle, or quarter circle pattern at a time. Spray systems have less precision than dripping and soaking irrigation, but are capable of delivering water to a wider ground area more efficiently.
The trick to using a traditional automatic spray system is making sure that you limit the length of time the system runs each day in order to avoid over-saturating your lawn and wasting water. The spray system delivers water so quickly that it can be hard for your plants to match the pace in absorbing the water, causing runoff.
A rotor system is a type of spray system that delivers water at a slower rate than a spray head, giving the soil more time to absorb the water. Rotors are typically used for wide areas, but new rotors are designed to span a radius of less than 15 feet. The radius and water delivery pattern are usually adjustable, so you can customize the irrigation to fit oddly-shaped areas of your open lawn.
If you’re unsure which type of irrigation system is the best fit for your landscaping, get in touch with Bonfe. One of our specialists will be able to inspect your lawn and make an expert recommendation.