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If you’re deciding on a new irrigation system or you want to upgrade the one you already have, you might be wondering whether commercial drip irrigation is the right solution for your property.
We know that any time you make a landscape purchase decision like this, it’s important to investigate the pros and cons. You might have heard that drip irrigation is a water-saving way of keeping landscape beds irrigated (true), but the pop-up sprayheads in a typical irrigation system can be easier to maintain (also true).
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Pros and Cons of Different Irrigation Systems
We all know that irrigating your lawn is important to maintaining a healthy lawn in the hot, arid summer months. There are many different options for watering though. Of course, you can install a cheap sprinkler from the local hardware store. Another option is to invest in a quality drips system, or you can simply water the old fashion way.
The biggest advantage to a sprinkler system is that it can cover large areas with limited effort on your part. If it’s automatic you won’t even need to open the valve or close it when the watering session is done. However, with automatic systems make sure to monitor rainfall levels so as not to overdo it. You will need to adjust the schedule so that your lawn doesn’t get washed out.
Drip systems are excellent for small lawns, small areas of plants such as a garden, or individual plants. These systems are good for supplying about 1 to 4 gallons of water per hour directly on the soil. Because dripping is less violent than water shot out of a sprinkler and rain water, it will cause less damage to mulch, will soak through it better and will lose less in evaporation. This is a great system as long as your needs are not too expansive.
The Right Amount of Water
No matter what irrigation method you choose, the whole idea is to get the right amount of water. Too little and your vegetation doesn’t have enough to survive the heat, too much and it will wash away precious top soil, erode root systems and waste water. Check when watering to see if the soil is moist 6 or more inches beneath the surface.
If you are enthusiastic about your lawn and are looking for someone who shares that enthusiasm, you’ve come to the right place. At Big Easy Lawn we are not only lawn experts, we are lawn lovers. If you need help deciding which irrigation method is right for your needs, be sure to contact our expert team. We will walk you through the process, answer any other landscaping questions you may have, and schedule a complementary consultation