The main advantage of a home irrigation system is that you can set it to water everything on a regular schedule. But the key to ensuring that your plants stay healthy is in knowing which type of irrigation works best for different areas.
An in-ground sprinkler system with pop-up heads is the best choice for larger lawns. Depending on the shape of your yard, it may take a few adjustments to get the maximum coverage from the heads while minimizing overspray and runoff.
A variation on this is a micro-spray system. This is a type of drip irrigation that has smaller heads that spray at a lower pressure than an in-ground system. It’s ideal for flower beds, or close to the bases of trees where the water can saturate the ground.
If you have a large garden on flat ground with a variety of plants in rows, running soaker hoses among them is most effective for the water to penetrate down to the roots. New plantings, and those that are flowering or producing fruit for the first time, need more water. For enthusiasts, like those who cultivate roses, soaker hoses are the best option, too.
Each of these systems can be run on timers, but you should never set one and leave it. The timer needs to be adjusted to the time of year. Or, consider installing a rain sensor along with the timer. It will override the timer on days with a lot of rain, or increase the watering intervals on very dry days.
The best time for irrigation to come on is either just before dawn, or at dusk. The temperature will be cooler, and grass and plants will have the chance to absorb moisture completely while they aren’t in direct sunlight.
Stay Green is all about making lawns and landscapes in the Metro Detroit area look their best. We do sprinkler system repairs and upgrades, too. Let us install the perfect irrigation system for your home, so contact us today for a free estimate or service appointment!