Smart Irrigation Month Part 2: Irrigation Systems

In celebration of Smart Irrigation Month, today we’ll talk about installing irrigation systems. Installing an irrigation system is a great way to save money, conserve natural resources and ensure that your yard and garden are adequately watered, whether you’re there or not. An irrigation system also adds to and helps maintain value of a home by keeping the exterior appealing and fresh. It can be a big undertaking, but the benefits are long-lasting and satisfying for those who wish to keep their yard and garden healthy and yet still do their part for the environment.

Types of Irrigation Systems

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There are two primary types of irrigation systems used for landscaping: drip and sprinkler.

  • A drip system delivers water directly to the base of the plant in a slow, steady trickle. These systems are great for beds and vegetation with established root systems and vegetable gardens. Different emitters offer different rates of flow for different plants.
  • A sprinkler system simulates rain and spreads water over a large area. This type is necessary for lawns but is not ideal for flower beds where extra water can evaporate or not reach the plants.

Depending on what kind of vegetation is present, one type of irrigation system may be more useful than the other. Often a combination of the two is the most efficient.

To DIY or Not to DIY?

Installing an irrigation system is no small task and will likely take several days from planning to execution. If you are considering doing it yourself, be sure you take plenty of time to prepare for the project.

Check with your local municipal and be sure to research any watering ordinances and building codes in your area. Call 811 to find out where pipes, lines and cables are located underground on your property. Find out what your home’s water pressure, GPM (gallons per minute), water meter size, and service line size is and draw up a detailed and to-scale map of the area to be irrigated. A layout of pipes and sprinklers is also necessary to determine what components are needed for the system. Once the design is finished, the location of the lines and sprinklers will need to be laid out with stakes and string, trenches will need to be dug, components assembled, the system tested and trenches filled again. If this sounds overwhelming, well, it often is.

Irrigation Systems by All Oregon Landscaping

If you don’t feel up to the task or don’t have the time to install your own irrigation system, the All Oregon Landscaping team are experts in everything landscaping. We will design the perfect irrigation system for your landscape and are happy to provide a free quote anytime. We work with other irrigation experts like Rain Bird, to be sure to provide top-notch systems for our customers. This month we’ve dedicated our blog to Smart Irrigation Month, so for other tips and tricks, check out our past posts:

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