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Types of Residential Irrigation Systems

Is your landscaping looking dull and the every day watering it is taking too much of your time? Well, irrigation is what you need. All winter long, lawns receive copious amounts of water. However, during the long, dry Pacific Northwest summers, you need to figure out how to best water the plants in your garden.

This is not a simple question, either, as different plants have different needs. Plus, you want your watering to be as effective as possible and ensure the most vibrant landscape possible. This post is all about the types of irrigation systems for your landscape. The following irrigation systems are discussed:

  • Lawn sprinkler system
  • Drip irrigation system
  • Rain catchment drip irrigation
  • Bubbler irrigation system

Lawn Sprinkler System

Lawn sprinkler systems are the traditional go-to for landscape irrigation. Sprinklers are great when you have a large swath of plants of the same sort. Thus, sprinklers are great to use on grassy lawns.

During the summer, it’s best to use sprinkler systems either early in the morning or later in the evening, close to sunset. When you use a sprinkler in the middle of the day, much of your water is liable to evaporate and you could inadvertently scorch your grass.

The optimal time to water with a sprinkler is in the evening. The water will have all night to soak down to reach the roots, and there will be less evaporation. You can set up a timer for your lawn sprinkler system to make sure it goes on at the best times during the day.

An experienced irrigation system contractor can help you place sprinkler heads right where you need them to make sure your lawn receives the perfect amount of water, and also ensure that the sprinkler heads are out of the way.

Drip Irrigation System

A drip system is the solution many gardeners choose when they have a variety of plants to care for.

Drip systems allow landscapers to fine-tune how much water their plants receive, and at the optimal times of day. They operate using porous hoses that deliver water directly to the plant roots. Since they are often shaded by the plants, there is little evaporation and there is no need to worry that water on the leaves will scorch the plants at midday.

Drip systems can be set on a timer and then you can attach special emitters that will allow more or water to specific plants. This sort of precision saves gardeners lots of time and trouble. All they need to do is “set it and forget it.”

Rain Catchment Drip Irrigation

Though not quite as versatile, some gardeners integrate drip irrigation with their rain-catchment systems. These systems deliver water to plants via simple gravity.

Your rain barrel captures water and then you can distribute it to plants when the rain ends. You can’t tweak these systems with special emitters or timers, but they save your water bill, especially during summers that have good periodic rains.

If you don’t yet have a rain-catchment system and are considering this option, you’ll want to pay close attention to the rainwater harvesting regulations in your state.

Bubbler Irrigation System

If you’re not familiar, a bubbler irrigation system is somewhere between a sprinkler and a drip system. Bubblers emit larger volumes of water, but from about 6 inches above the ground surface. They are designed to water your plants from the root systems.

You can operate them on timers, and focus their emitters so that they water just the plants you choose.

Bubblers are great when you have a lot of identical plants in the same small area. They are great for shrubs, trees, and raised plant beds.

When you are deciding between drip and bubblers, look at the plants you need to care for. For areas with a lot of variety, you might choose the highly versatile drip irrigation. For larger plants, or a more homogeneous garden area, the bubbler system might fit the bill.

Keep in mind that you can always use both irrigation systems to meet all of your watering needs. You can even add bubbler nozzles to sprinkler heads to convert certain areas of your landscape to the bubbler irrigation method while also utilizing the sprinkler irrigation system.

There are many considerations to make before settling for a given residential irrigation system. You have to factor the size of the field, topography, soil type, weather conditions, crop types, and so on.

You may also want to choose the most efficient irrigation method in terms of water and energy consumption. However, you can only install what’s within your budget. Think through your needs and the amount you can spend and pick the most suitable irrigation system for your home.

Aqua Spray Irrigation Inc

The professional landscape team can help you access the type of irrigation systems that will work best for your landscape, plants, and daily schedule.

With proper landscape irrigation and water management, you can save yourself time and money.

Contact Aqua Spray Irrigation Inc to help you design an optimal irrigation system for residential and commercial properties!

4 thoughts on “Types of Residential Irrigation Systems”

  1. I find it fascinating that you could use irrigation to keep your plants healthy and watered for them to flourish. I want to help my uncle with his plans of creating a beautiful garden by using his backyard. I believe the idea of owning an irrigation system could help him out as well!

  2. Learning about how there are sprinklers that can provide drip irrigation really interests me. With how much we want to save water while handling our garden, I really want to make sure that we keep this managed well without wasting resources. I’ll take this into account when I find a lawn sprinkler system expert for sure so we can ask for that kind of model.

  3. It’s good to know that residential irrigation systems can save time and money. My father recently told me that he wants to have a lawn sprinkler system installed soon. Maybe it would be a good idea to look into residential irrigation installation in his area so he could consider it for his lawn.

  4. Having a sprinkling system that can operate on timers feels really interesting to me. Since we’re the type of family that gets busy very easily, we could forget about watering and irrigating our garden without us realizing it at all. To make that easier for us, I’ll look for an irrigation system expert that can help us out with installation right away.

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