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Keeping Your Lawn Hydrated: Home Irrigation Systems

While good old-fashioned water sprinklers may hold nostalgia for some of us, if you're looking for the most efficient way to keep up with your landscaping, an irrigation system is a great option to explore.

It may come as a surprise but irrigation systems are a fantastic investment that can save you money and time. Most landscaping requires quite a bit of water, which translates to time you must spend actively watering — either by hand or monitoring a stand-alone sprinkler.

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Although leisurely tending your landscaping can be relaxing, most of us don't have hours a day to devote to watering alone. Choosing an irrigation system will give you those hours back (YAY for automatic timers!) along with providing the optimal amount of watering for your yard (which translates to saving you $$$!).

How Irrigation Systems Work

Your irrigation system is based on a key ingredient, water. This specific water source can vary depending on your location. There are two main water sources that an irrigation system can run off of:

  • Water found directly on your property (usually a well)
  • Your city or county's water system

Public water

If you are on public water then your irrigation system will be attached to a supply line running between your home and the main city water vein. Somewhere between the main water vein and your home, an additional supply line will be installed to feed the irrigation system.

A shut-off valve will be installed on the irrigation supply line so that the water flow to the irrigation system can be turned off without disrupting the water supply directly to your home. To ensure that no irrigation system water makes its way back into the water supply line running to your home, a backflow prevention device is attached which prevents water from draining back into the main supply pipe.

Well

While there may be concerns about irrigation systems being run off of a well, it's quite possible as long as the proper steps are followed. There are two important factors to consider when using your well for an irrigation system.

  1. the amount of water your well can provide (essentially, how much it holds)
  2. how much water can your well pump produce

Once these factors have been evaluated you can proceed with your plan to install an irrigation system. If you're unsure about how to determine these factors, we suggest reaching out to a professional who can get you started.

The size and type of irrigation system will largely be determined by your well. In some cases, a separate irrigation pump is used to help control the water pressure coming from your well to the irrigation system. This ensures that not too much pressure is allocated for the irrigation system which could cause pressure drops inside your home.

From here, the irrigation system is constructed much like the public water system although some aspects such as the type of backflow device necessary will be determined directly by your specific well.

Types of Irrigation Systems

Although there are many options for irrigation systems (especially in large-scale settings like a farm or golf course) the most common and effective for residential use are sprinkler, drip or mist systems.

  • Sprinkler - the most common form of irrigation system, as it can be used in many different environments and is overall a very versatile system. The two types of sprinkler systems most used include a rotating or a fixed spray head (where the water is sprayed from). True to its name the rotating head allows for movement in a full (or partial) circle. The fixed spray head operates on a static water pattern that does not move and is typically used in smaller areas. Both heads can be adjusted to spray at different distances.
  • sprinkler home irrigation system
  • Drip - this irrigation system works completely different from the sprinkler system in that instead of water being supplied from over the top of the plants, the water is supplied directly to the roots by lines of irrigation. This type of irrigation is most commonly used in a garden or farm-like settings and provides a low pressure and precise form of watering.
  • home drip irrigation system
  • Mist - used for (small or large) greenhouses this system has a similar concept to the drip system by using lines of irrigation to supply water from overhead in the form of mist. Imagine a gentle spray bottle misting plants intermittently throughout the day, without having to lift a finger. It's a more hands-off choice for your irrigation system.
  • home mist irrigation system

Choosing the Best Irrigation System for Your Yard

Not sure what type of system is right for you? It's important to first determine your use and what you need out of your irrigation system. Also, where will the irrigation water be sourced from (as this can slightly change things)? Do you need only your lawn watered? Or do you have specific areas of a garden that need a steady water source? Once you've answered these questions, you can comfortably decide on the type of irrigation system that will work best for your use.

Let's be honest, what can beat a "set it and forget it" system that saves you time, money, and provides an added bonus should you ever sell your home — all while producing a beautiful landscape. Hands down, irrigation systems are a great investment. And let's not forget to mention that your lawn and plants will thank you for the optimal amount of water, giving you the best-looking yard around.

Keep in mind that every year in the spring and water, most irrigation systems need some type of winterizing and de-winterizing in order to be properly maintained. This can incur additional costs if you want to hire a professional to be responsible for the seasonal shutdown and start-up.

We hope that you'll consider installing an irrigation system if it's right for you. Who knows, it may help you earn the "Lawn of the Month" award from your neighborhood!

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