Summer rolls around, and we all start to care about our lawns again. We go on walks and see a dry, patchy yard and hope that ours don’t look the same. The main question on our minds: How do we fix it?
The truth is, most of our yards aren’t getting enough water. Or if they do, it’s not in an even spread. And our flowers, plants, and other bloomers get thirsty, but we end up not watering them the right way. So instead of staring at the soil, start thinking about what you could do with a proper irrigation system—one that’s a little more specific than your three-year-old with a hose.
Below, we’ll explore and understand the benefits of an irrigation system. Whether you want it to keep your hands clean or are looking for something more efficient, you’ll revel in the beauty that these bring. Read on!
It’s Good For Your Wallet
Let’s get right to it. Irrigation systems can save you money. Seriously. Irrigation systems are calibrated to provide the right amount of water at the correct areas for a specific amount of time. As such, it cuts down on wastefulness and saves you money.
Think of it this way—you could spend time watering, under-watering, and over-watering your lawn and garden, and you still might not even get to the right places, which means you water more, and your water bill skyrockets. With an irrigation system, you can adjust the sprinkler system’s watering schedule so that you never have to water when it’s not the right time.
It’s Environmentally Friendly
Speaking of not watering when it’s not the right time, irrigation systems are also environmentally friendly. Though you may not believe it, most irrigation systems don’t function the way they do in the movies, where the person’s sprinkler system is going even in the pouring rain. As we said, you can control it and make sure that doesn’t happen!
So apart from saving water, a well-watered lawn and plants will also do wonders for the environment. A healthy lawn will absorb pollutants in the air and release clean oxygen back into the environment. Well-watered plants and flowers also create deep root systems that will take in any water (rainfall or sprinkler), thus preventing runoff!
You Have Different Options
Though you may not expect it, there are quite a few different types of irrigation systems. Some of them function effectively only for major farmers, but there are others that will work well for your purposes.
- Sprinkler Irrigation: This is the most common of home irrigation systems. The water comes to the plants from overhead rather than directly at the roots. These are wonderful for people looking to cover large areas—your entire yard, a large garden, etc.
- Drip Irrigation: A system that’s growing quickly in popularity, drip or trickle irrigation systems supply water directly to the root of the plants. You’ll find lines that lace through gardens, providing water gradually. This system is great for those who are paying more attention to the growth of their garden. You can use it in tandem with a sprinkler system for the yard!
- Subsurface Irrigation: Similar to the drip method, subsurface irrigation distributes water through tubes placed underground. Just beneath the surface, emitters and pipes will lightly water your garden—sneaky! It’s a great choice for those looking for low labor and potential automation!
- Surface Irrigation: This is one of the oldest irrigation techniques, so it doesn’t need much. It’s somewhere in between the drip and sprinkler systems, using gravity and the landscaping to “flood” an area. The land allows the water to distribute across the soil naturally.
You don’t need to stick with age-old sprinkler systems that flood your lawn—you have options! Mix and match if you want, and work with your lawn and landscaping. You won’t regret it!
Lessens Chances of Uneven Watering
As we said, a sprinkler or irrigation system of some sort will save you money because it will save you water. That showcases the sprinkler’s ability to maintain even watering for your needs. An installation team will help place pipes, sprinklers, and any other irrigation necessities so that your lawn gets an even distribution. So instead of you placing a sprinkler in the middle of the lawn and hoping it gets everywhere, you’ll get to ensure that it does get everywhere.
Your Lawn Will Look Better
All of that goes to show that your lawn will look better too. You won’t have areas that are constantly damp from overwatering or incredibly dry ones, either. When you have this uneven tension in the yard, your lawn won’t look the greatest, and you can end up damaging your yard’s soil.
So what do you get instead?
- Green grass
- Thick turf
- Healthy soil
- Well-watered plants and flowers
You’ll get the yard everyone envies on their afternoon walks (just make sure your landscaping stands up to the test, too!).
Fewer Weeds and Pesky Diseases
Some of the toughest parts of lawn and garden work are the weeds you have to pull, the plants you have to yank because they got riddled with fungi and diseases, and all of those other little irritants. These pesky things can survive because when we just spray water everywhere, those weeds are getting the water they need to survive. Or leaves get too much water on them and begin to develop fungi.
Irrigation systems can circumvent these issues. Take a drip irrigation system, for example. When the water goes directly to the plant’s root, weeds don’t get water to flourish. You’re home free.
More Time for You
At the end of the day, you can love yard work but not want to spend all day out in the dirt or clenching your water hose and nozzle. And that’s one benefit of an irrigation system that you don’t want to miss out on. Sure, you can still grab the hose and let your three-year-old spray water everywhere, but now you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that it’s not going to destroy your plants!
Hopefully, this guide to understanding the advantages will give you the push you need to get your own irrigation system. And when it comes to finding different irrigation products, tools, and supplies, turn to Rural Water Direct. From the valves to make it happen to the washdown hose nozzles to keep it watered, we’ve got what you need to keep your new irrigation system in check!