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Types of Irrigation Systems

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

1. Watering by hose is very common, and since it’s manual, also very time-consuming.

  • Water early in the morning.

  • Focus on the roots of the plant. Wetting the leaves is a waste of water and can lead to disease. If you do get water on the leaves, they will have time to dry out during the heat of the day.

  • Give your garden about 1” of water a week.

  • To check if your plants are getting enough water, dig into the soil and make sure the soil is moist 4”-6” down.

2. Automated Sprinkler System

  • Water early in the morning.

  • Schedule the watering based on the plants type using regular timer or timer with WI-FI capability and mobile application.

  • Add a moisture or rain sensor, so sprinklers aren’t on when it’s raining.

Sprinkler Irrigation system components:

  • Timer or Controller, allow you to program a number of variables into your automatic irrigation system, including which zones receive water and when, and which days your lawn is watered. Timers range from simple devices to advanced timer with WI-Fi capability, so there are plenty of options to consider.

  • Sprinkler, sprays water over your grass or plants.

  • Pipe, also known as sprinkler pipe, delivers water to all sprinklers in different locations, makes it easy to install or repair your irrigation system. 

  • Backflow preventer, can help prevent irrigation water from re-entering your main water supply. These are often required by city codes to prevent the contamination when the water is shut off and routed back into the main water system.

  • Manifolds and valves are used to control the waterflow for multiple sprinkler lines.

  • Valve box is designed to cover and protect your irrigation fixtures like valves and manifolds. 

3. Water with a Drip Irrigation System

While standard sprinklers and automated in-ground sprinkler systems can both provide water to your yard, they are not as efficient and effective when it comes to watering gardens, plants and other hard-to-reach areas. Drip irrigation system, with its flexible features and low-pressure emission, gives water only where it's needed, preventing it from being wasted and saving you money in the process.

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