Pros and Cons of Irrigation Systems
An installed lawn irrigation system is a popular landscape feature throughout Fairfield County. Golf courses use complex, zoned, and timed water irrigation systems to keep their fairways and greens looking their best. Fairfield homeowners use installed water irrigation systems to keep their lawns looking their best, too. And there are benefits unique to installed systems like convenience, accuracy in application, and good water management. Much more than a hose and a spigot, a professionally installed water irrigation system is a smart choice for effective and efficient irrigation.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages of different water application techniques.
- Sprinklers can cover large areas.
- Manual sprinklers require you to open the valve, time the watering yourself and then shut off the flow.
- Automatic sprinkler systems offer the benefit of programmable controllers.
- Make sure you set automatic sprinklers correctly and adjust it as conditions change.
- Water early in the morning to reduce the evaporation rate.
- If water runs off your yard, split your watering times into two or more sessions.
- Be sure to turn off your system if you’re getting enough water from rain showers.
- This system is good for a small yard or for watering individual plants.
- Drip irrigation is highly effective at supplying one-to-four gallons of water per hour directly to the soil.
- The advantage of drip irrigation over sprinklers is that there is little water loss due to evaporation or runoff.
- It’s particularly good for mulched areas because it can directly soak the soil without washing away the mulch.
- The simplest and most common irrigation system is a garden hose or a portable sprinkler.
- The advantage of hand watering is that you can easily avoid over watering.
- Use a nozzle to control the flow.
- When water stops being absorbed into the ground, move to another location.
- Wait an hour, and then plunge a long screwdriver or space into the ground to check that the soil is moist to a depth of six to ten inches.
A good way to prevent overwatering with any water application or irrigation is to install rain or soil moisture sensors to override your automatic watering system when necessary. A rain sensor simply senses rainfall. Once a designated amount of water has been detected, it shuts down any regularly scheduled irrigation. Rain sensors are small, simple devices and are generally less expensive and easier to install and maintain than soil moisture sensors. Soil moisture sensors are more accurate than rain sensors because they can detect moisture at the level of the root system. They are more precise in measuring how much water your plants are receiving and thus offer greater water savings.
Let Fairfield Irrigation work with you to develop a water irrigation system that is appropriate for your needs and your budget. From fairways to flower beds, Fairfield Irrigation keeps their customers well tended.