Landscape Irrigation: Which System Will Work For Your Needs?


The type of irrigation system you choose depends on what you are growing. For example, your vegetable garden has much different needs than your lawn. The following guide will help you understand how the different automatic irrigation options will work in the various areas of your landscape.

Garden Beds

In most cases, drip irrigation is the best choice for a flower or vegetable garden. Irrigation lines laid along the plant rows deliver water directly to the plant roots. The water soaks into the soil quickly, so very little is lost to evaporation. This means you can often get away with less frequent watering, especially if you use drip irrigation in combination with a mulched bed.

Overhead sprinklers are also an option, but they have to be used properly to avoid garden problems. Overhead sprinkler use in the late afternoon or evening can leave moisture on plant leaves and flowers overnight, which can lead to mold and mildew growth during cooler nighttime hours. If you opt for sprinklers, use them in the morning so the plants can dry before evening.

Pots and Containers

Pots and containers are usually watered by hand, using either a hose attachment or watering can. When watering these, make sure you sprinkle the water onto the soil and not onto the plant. The goal is to keep the leaves as dry as possible during irrigation.

Sometimes it's possible to hook containers onto a drip irrigation system. This is especially easy if the containers are displayed in or near a garden bed with an existing drip system. You can simply run a line with a water emitter up the rear of the pot and across the soil.

Shrubs and Trees

Depending on their location, shrubs and trees may not require any additional irrigation. You can add dedicated lines and emitters for these large plants if they are planted in a garden bed that is already equipped with a drip system. If the shrubs or trees are grown in the lawn, the irrigation system installed for the lawn provides sufficient water for the shrubs and trees.

During extended dry periods, larger shrubs and trees may require additional watering. In this case, water them deeply by hand every two weeks. You want to provide enough water to moisten the top 12 inches of soil.

Lawns and Grass

Your lawn is usually watered via a sprinkler system. This is the most common method since it requires minimal work to install. When using overhead sprinklers, activate them in the pre-dawn or early morning hours. This ensures that the temperatures are cool enough for the water to soak into the soil, but it also means any moisture on the grass blades will evaporate quickly once the sun rises. This can help prevent lawn mushroom and fungus problems.

Another lawn irrigation option is subsurface irrigation. This is best installed before you plant your lawn. The irrigation lines are laid beneath the soil, then the soil is replaced and the lawn is planted. Water seeps from these lines and provides moisture directly to grass roots. No moisture is lost to evaporation, so this is one of the most water friendly ways to irrigate a lawn To learn more, contact a business like Steeplechase.


20 April 2015

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