Lawn irrigation is watering your lawn. The first thing that you should oversee when maintaining your lawn is irrigation. It is crucial to the overall health of your lawn to know when and how much water is needed. But before installing an irrigation system, there are some essential things that you need to determine. These will help you in deciding which irrigation system works best with your lawn.
Mornings are the most appropriate time to put in action the lawn watering system for your turf, since the air is cool during this time of the day. The water is more likely to penetrate deeply and hydrate the grass. Specifically, the best time to water your garden is between 4 am and 10 am.
What to consider when choosing an irrigation method
Take a look at your lawn. Is it situated on flat land or a slope? Some irrigation systems are not suitable for lawns on a hill. For example, drip irrigation on a slope is a challenge because the water can runoff. If your lawn is a combination of flat and incline, you might need more than one system installed or adjust the runtime to account for it. You should also take the size and dimension of your lawn into account.
The weather plays a significant role in choosing an irrigation system. Sprinklers don’t work well in windy areas since the water can go to waste due to the strong winds. You should adjust the watering schedule seasonally for a healthy and well-watered lawn. Also, don’t forget to regularly check the irrigation system to ensure that it is working well and not wasting water.
What types of plants and grass are growing on your lawn? Some plants are susceptible to problems caused by improper irrigation. This includes fungal issues that root from overhead watering. It is also necessary to consider the plant when they grow as it might impede the spray pattern, thus blocking some areas in your lawn.
Not all soils soak up water the same way. Clay absorbs more water compared to sandy soil. With this in mind, check the type of soil you are dealing with so you can decide on a suitable irrigation method and its runtime.
The most ideal method of irrigation is the sprinkler system. Below we will discuss the types of sprinklers best suited for your lawn irrigation.
Types of Sprinkler Systems
The fixed sprinkler is simple and economical. It is a metal or plastic vessel with small holes in it that fits at the hose end. The pressure of the water forced through the small holes sprays the lawn. The pattern of spray is determined by the pattern of holes, the volume is controlled at the faucet. To change the area of coverage, you drag it around the lawn.
Gear drive sprinkler
This type of heavy-duty sprinkler is often found on golf courses or other large areas of grass where both large volume and precision in watering is needed. Their gear-driven motion usually has multiple flow controls that let you adjust the distance the water is sprayed, and the angle and force of the spray.
Hose-end spray nozzles
These simple devices are a best seller. Inexpensive and versatile, they can be made of plastic or brass, and are often controlled by a handle that turns the water on and off. The volume and pattern of spray is controlled by either twisting the nozzle or via a dial attached to the nozzle.
With an impact (sometimes called impulse or pulsating) sprinkler, the spraying nozzle is rotated by the pressure of the water from the hose. Made in both plastic and brass; the brass impact sprinkler is more expensive but more durable. Some models are attached to the ground via a spike, others are elevated to become a tripod sprinkler.
In-Ground water sprinkler
In-ground water and garden sprinkler systems use a series of sprinkler heads installed at fixed locations in the yard. When properly maintained, in-ground systems give complete and efficient coverage. The most common type is constructed of a network of interconnected PVC pipes installed in trenches dug in the lawn. There are many different types of sprinkler heads to serve various needs. Some spray 360 degrees, some just 180 or 90 degrees for edges and corners. Some heads pop up and then recede to ground level.
At its simplest, the oscillating sprinkler has a metal or plastic bar with holes drilled in it. Water comes out the holes as the bar rocks back and forth and sprinkles the lawn with a gentle spray. You control the size of the area at the source, by adjusting the water volume at the faucet. Great for relatively small, rectangular yards.
With an irrigation system suitable for your lawn, you can ensure efficient watering that doesn’t require manual labor and is cost-effective. It’s an investment to have an irrigation system installed, so it is better to get it right the first time. If you are still undecided, you can consult the experts at Mazero Agrifood Ltd. They can help you in choosing the appropriate irrigation system for your Lawn. Contact us today on 0729777711.