If you have a big yard, investing in an irrigation system is a wise idea, it will save you a lot of time. And if you choose the right irrigation system and install it correctly, your plants will have the optimal amount of water, all the time. Not sure which method will work best for your garden? We are here to help, read on.
Different irrigation systems:
- Sprinkles- the first thing that comes to our mind when thinking about irrigation systems. Sprinkles are widely used for watering lawns, but that is probably the only thing they are good for. Sprinkles are too unreliable- they don’t spread water evenly. Also, consider Duluth weather- stronger winds will just blow the water away from your lawn, or equally bad, pile it up in one place, drowning the grass. And in the hot summer days, the surface water will evaporate. Sprinkles look cool, but they waste too much water. Use them only if you have a vast lawn. (here are some good lawn care tips).
- Soaker hoses- water saving solutions. Wind and evaporation do not affect soaker hoses. Plus, water is released closer to the root and is absorbed much better, so no wasting. That is why you can use soaker hoses for watering almost anything- fruits and veggies included.
- Drip-by-drip systems- another water-efficient solution. You can install it above or below the surface. This method also releases water close to the roots and is pretty heat and wind resistant. If applicable, this is the best irrigation system.
- Drip bags- a new type of watering system. Its primary purpose is irrigating newly planted trees but can work with shrubs too. The bag slowly releases water, over multiple hours. And you only need to refill them approximately once every five days.
How to make any irrigation system better:
- Harvest the rain- rain is free, enough said. Harvesting it will cut the unnecessary water expenses. You simply need to connect your gutters to rain barrels and attach those to your irrigation system of choice. Just make sure you raise the barrels from the ground a bit, to let the gravity create more pressure, to keep the water flowing better.
- Use mulch- a combination of an efficient irrigation system+mulch will skyrocket your water saving. Mulch is excellent not only for preventing evaporation, but will also decrease the soil temperature- you will have to water less, and your plants will be healthier.
- Use smart sensors- it’s 2017, intelligent automatic systems are becoming the norm. Smart systems get live weather updates and can decide if your plants require watering. This is not only about saving water- flooding your plants will harm them. Smart systems have rain sensors, as well as forecast updates, and won’t water if the rain is coming, or if it just passed. Also, some have useful desktop/mobile apps so that you can set things up remotely.
- Ask for help- if you are not sure which system to choose, or how to install it, Duluth landscapers can help. We can provide advice, and setup and maintain everything on your behalf.