Picking the Right Irrigation System for You

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So I know I just posted a blog about irrigation, but here are some more great tips:

If you are looking for ways to improve your property, increase it value and make it more appealing on the market, then there is no better means of doing so than a stunning landscape.  An effective and attractive landscape plan does much more than just raise the value of your home.  Landscaping can improve the privacy and safety of your property and can lower your energy bills, too.

Your landscaping plan should include more than just the plants, water effects and other physical features that you would like to incorporate into the overall scheme.  Just as crucial is the irrigation system that you will be using to protect your investment and keep it looking luscious and breathtaking throughout the years.  Your irrigations system should be the start of your landscaping plan, not an afterthought.  Putting one in before you start is infinitely easier than attempting to go back and install one after your project is already underway.

There are essentially three primary types of irrigation, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.  Understanding each type will help you in selecting which irrigation system is most suited to your needs and the needs of your landscape.  Your landscape project will, most likely, take years to fully develop and reach its full potential as you envision it.  Your irrigation system is essential tool in helping you achieve that vision.

By far, the most often utilized means of irrigation is the underground sprinkler system.  Underground systems take much of the time and worry out of watering, allowing irrigation to be completely automated without cluttering up the landscape.  However, underground systems (even the more water efficient newer setups) are not the most efficient means of water delivery and can be a drain on the pocketbook.

Aboveground drip systems offer you, the homeowner, a more efficient method of watering.  Not only to drip lines use less water, owing to a minimization of water loss to evaporation, but they also water in a way that is more beneficial for plant growth.  By seeping water deep into the ground, root growth is stimulated which results in stronger, healthier plants.  The drawback to aboveground drip systems is that they are a noticeable part of the landscape.  Being aboveground, they are also more prone to damage than belowground systems.

By far, the most effective, efficient and inconspicuous means of irrigation is to water manually.  Not only can you completely control water delivery, but by watering manually you can focus water delivery exactly where it is needed most, rather than equally across the entire landscape.  The big drawback to manual watering, and what makes it impractical for many, is the time required to water by hand.  If you don't have a lot of time to devote to maintaining your landscape, then manual watering probably isn't the best option for you.

Understanding these basic types of irrigation systems is an important part of the landscape planning process.  Underestimating the water needs of your project, or you ability to meet those needs could prove disastrous.  Nothing is more costly than having to go back after the fact to dig up your project and install an irrigation system.  Planning for irrigation now can save you a tremendous setback further down the line.