Lawn maintenance can be a simple affair if you are well-informed about what your garden needs to flourish. From regular weeding, the right choice of flora planted for your specific area’s climate, to the installation of reticulation for regular, appropriate watering, knowing the hows and whys of these simple tasks can go a long way into ensuring that your lawn will be bursting with life with the least amount of effort.
How Do You Irrigate a Lawn?
Healthy lawns, more often than not, share one thing in common: regular irrigation that properly penetrates into the plant bed to provide much needed hydration for plants at the right time of day. Irrigation is simply just that: it is the supply of water to a part of land, or plants, to help encourage the growth.
Nowadays, the invention of automatic watering systems has made this easier for the homeowner to ensure a thriving garden for their home. Depending on the flow rate of your water supply, you can even utilise pop up sprinklers for your reticulation installation, which helps prevent accidental damage from lawn mowers, car wheels, and other heavy objects that could otherwise uproot or hit against your existing sprinklers, affecting your reticulation as a result. In order to ensure the right placement of your sprinklers as best dictated by your water supply, flow rate, and existing greenery, it’s best to consult with an expert who is equipped with the right knowledge on how to apply reticulation the right way for the best results.
A landscaping professional will first measure the flow rate of your water supply, draw up a layout and set out the system for reticulation installation, dig the trenches required for the sprinklers and pipes, connect the parts together, install the sprinklers, and test the system.
Which is Better: Drip or Spray Irrigation?
Something that your landscaping professional can help you with is deciding between drip or spray irrigation. While the normal method for the average home is to install a spray irrigation system, you may be wondering if drip irrigation is better suited to your garden’s needs.
Drip irrigation systems deliver water slowly to plant roots, and are installed above ground and covered with mulch or soil. It is good for ensuring that there is efficient watering for plants, and helps prevent plant disease caused by overwatering. However, it is not well-suited to large turf areas, and can be a tripping hazard as well as be damaged by lawn mowers and the like because it is above ground.
Spray irrigation, on the other hand, still delivers water regularly at set times, mimicking the effect of rainfall in a larger area than drip irrigation. There’s no risk of damaging sprinkler heads as they are installed underground and are not a tripping hazard. Depending on the sprinkler system type, you’ll also be able to pinpoint key areas and adjust the amount of watering as needed, too, which ensures that your plants get the proper watering that they need, when they need it.
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