Considerations When Planning Your Irrigation System

To keep your lawn, gardens and other plants in your yard healthy, irrigation can be necessary. The hot, dry summer months can be hard on your landscaping, requiring added irrigation to maintain a beautiful yard. Irrigation is more complex than just putting a few sprinklers in your yard. You need to consider several aspects to create an efficient and effective irrigation system.

Shade and Direct Sunshine

The areas in your yard that are shaded may not lose moisture as quickly as areas with direct sun. It is also important to consider what areas get morning sunshine versus the hot afternoon sun. Your shaded and morning sunshine spots may not need as much irrigation.

Slopes and Drainage

Water runs downhill, even when the soil is dry and needing irrigation. Planning of your irrigation system should take into consideration the slopes in your yard and areas where water can pool.

Watering Near Hardscapes

If you have a deck, patio, pool, retaining walls or other hardscapes, you need to consider how irrigation can impact these structures. You may want to avoid irrigation overlapping certain hardscapes to prevent damage, settling or other problems.

Types of Plant Life

Different plants require various watering schedules. There are some plants and trees that do not need constant watering, while others need moist soil to survive. It is vital not to over or under-saturate the soil to protect the grass, plants and trees in your landscaping.

When adding a new irrigation system, it helps to have a professional landscaper as your installer. They can carefully plan your irrigation system to best suit your landscaping needs, creating an efficient and effective watering system.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

4 Reasons to Invest in an Irrigation System This Year

Green, lush lawns and bright, beautiful flowers both need the right amount of water to become a reality. Every summer, it’s easy to pick out which homes have an irrigation system and which ones do not. While it is possible to manually water your lawn and gardens, it often proves difficult to keep up with the efficiency of an automated system. If you’ve always wanted that lush lawn in the middle of August, consider these four reasons to invest in a new irrigation system.

  • Saving time. On the hottest days of the year, your lawn and garden will need to be watered at least once a day to stay healthy.  If you’re like most people, your busy lifestyle makes keeping up with such demands difficult.
  • Conserving water. Irrigation systems can actually save water over manually watering. It’s easy to over-water when using a hose, while irrigation system can be automated to regulate water use.
  • Never miss a day. It only takes a few days without watering in the summer for a lawn to begin to wilt and yellow. Irrigation systems can ensure that when you are away, your lawn is still getting the water it needs.
  • Be the envy of the neighborhood. Nothing improves your curb appeal more than a well-maintained yard. Irrigation can give you the lawn you’ve always wanted, all summer long.

If you’re ready to upgrade to a new irrigation system, call your local landscaping company to start discussing your irrigation needs. They can install a custom irrigation system more than capable of keeping your yard green and blooming in the hot months to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Sprinkler Irrigation System Zones

The creation of different irrigation zones is one of the most important things that a qualified lanscaper or irrigation system contractor will do when designing a residential or commercial irrigation system.  Zoning is critical in order for the irrigation system to deliver the right amount of water to turf and plants, which may have different water needs.

As a part of the irrigation system design process, the landscaper will perform a survey of the property taking notes about the type or turf on the property as well as the plants in the planting beds.  Depending upon the species, turf and plants require different amounts of water.  Too much water is just as bad as not enough water!  By creating different irrigation zones, the irrigation system designer is able to regulate the amount of water each zone receives when the system operates by means of an irrigation timer or clock, which is basically a small computer.

The landscaper is able to set up the day and time that the sprinkler irrigation system delivers water to the specified zone.  The timer will also shut down the water flowing to the zone after a certain amount of time, which is defined by the type of turf or plants in that zone.  An example of this would be a large turf area on a property that is in direct sunlight all day long.  The contractor may set this zone to run every day for 15 minutes, while a planter area in the shade with plants that do not tolerate excessive amounts of water would be set up as a separate zone and only run 5 minutes every other day.

A qualified irrigation contractor or landscape professional has the experience to know how to set up the irrigation zones on residential and commercial properties based upon the water needs of the turf and plants of the property.  Proper zoning of the irrigation system is necessary for the turf and plants to receive the proper amount of water required in order to thrive!

Irrigation Sprinkler System Installation: What You Need to Know

A lawn and landscape irrigation sprinkler system should always be professionally designed for the property that it is going to service. This assures that the right amount of water is being distributed to the right places throughout the property. The means for delivering water to your lawn expanses will not be the same as that for delicate flower beds. A professional irrigation system designer will address these issues with you as they develop your system design.

When installing a sprinkler system for a newly constructed home, it is important that the system installation be fully coordinating with the landscaping plans and the general contractor. Changes to the landscape or the building footprint will always affect the layout of your sprinkler system. Your electrician and plumber will also need to work in partnership with the sprinkler system installation team.

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that the installation of a sprinkler system in an existing lawn causes minimal damage to their lawn. Specialized equipment is used to install the pipes into the ground, causing very little disruption to the lawn. In a very short time following installation, the grass will hide all evidence of the buried pipes completely.

Your sprinkler system installation can include a variety of levels of automation, depending on your requirements. Lawn sprinkler heads and flower bed soakers can be set to activate at the most effective time of day. The timers will also control how long the irrigation runs when it comes on; this allows for more efficient use of water and electricity and less worry for you, the homeowner, regarding whether or not your landscape is receiving too much or too little irrigation. Rain sensors can also be installed to avoid the unneeded activation of your system just before or after Mother Nature provides natural irrigation through rainfall.

Talk to your landscaper about designing and installing an irrigation system for your your lawn.  Many top landscaping contractors offer expert irrigation installation and repair.  The installation of a sprinkler system for your lawn and other landscaped areas is a great way to care for your property in a manner that will save you both time and money.

Smart Controllers For Irrigation Systems

How many times have you noticed someone’s irrigation sprinkler system merrily watering their lawn right after a few days of heavy rain?  Or worse, while its still raining?  Not only are these homeowners wasting money on their water bills, they may also actually be doing harm to their landscaping.  Too much water can make grasses and plants more susceptible to disease and overwatering can drown some plants.

An sprinkler irrigation system is a wonderful way to help keep your landscaping looking great, but it has to be used properly for the best results.  That means scheduling the irrigation system timer so that it delivers enough water, but not too much.  The problem is that the amount of water needed changes throughout the year due to seasonal weather changes and you need to frequently adjust your sprinkler system’s scheduling based on the current weather conditions.

A smart controller can help take care of adjusting your irrigations system’s scheduling.  A smart controlled uses weather information obtained from various inputs to adjust your irrigation system’s watering schedule to eliminate over-watering and under-watering your landscape.  This weather information can include actual local rainfall and other information obtained from the system’s rain gauge and other instruments, weather information obtained from the internet, moisture sensors, and other sources.

Some smart controllers are relatively simple and others are very sophisticated and take into account the nature and type of soil, slope of the yard and other factors.  Smart controllers can be customized for different zones of the landscaping to take into account different soil conditions and plant watering needs.

Irrigation Sprinkler System Rain Shutoff Devices

If you have an irrigation system on a timer, you should be aware that you should adjust the watering schedule to take current weather conditions into account.  You don’t want to over-water by letting the system water the yard during periods of wet, rainy weather.  If you are at home every day, you can simply change the watering schedule as needed, but about when you are out of town for a few days or weeks?  Your sprinkler system will water the yard and landscaping whether it’s raining or not.  What a waste of water and money!

One way to address this issue is to install a smart controller that automatically adjusts the watering schedule based on local weather conditions.  However, a smart controller can be expensive to install.  Another less expensive option that can get the job done is a rain shutoff device or rain sensor.

A rain shutoff device will sense when it’s raining and turn off the irrigation system.  They can usually be adjusted to turn the system off after a certain amount of rain has fallen.  After the sensor dries out, the system will be reactivated and resume normal operation.

A rain sensor does not replace properly programing your watering schedule.  You still need to monitor the weather conditions and program your irrigation system properly.  Once your system is set up, the rain monitor will minimize the management work and help avoid over-watering if it rains while you are at work or away from home for a few days.