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Irrigation Systems in the garden 

Installing an irrigation system helps your garden turn into a green and healthy landscape.

An irrigation system is the most efficient way to ensure that a garden receives constant hydration without excessive irrigation.

Also, they save us time by being programmed and automized to supply your garden with water in a precise moment. 

In essence, the benefits of installing an irrigation system are always superior to its initial cost. It’ll pay itself in savings sooner than you think. 

Lastly, having such a system maintains a beautiful landscape without wasting water. 

Water in the sustainability of irrigation systems 

Water is necessary to produce food or clothes, manage waste, and to keep up our natural environment. 

Climate change affects regions differently, but water management and low-impact development strategies provide adaptability for your irrigation system under any circumstances. Water conservation reduces the costs of irrigation and the amount of water that can cause floods. 

The following landscaping practices contribute to water scarcity: 

  • Planting plants not suitable for local water precipitation
  • Wasteful irrigation practices 
  • Degraded soil that limits filtration and its water retention capabilities 
  • Pavement, roofs, and other impermeable surfaces that stop water from filtering to the ground and replenish underground water deposits 
  • Treating rainwater as waste and channeling it to the sewers before it gets to benefit the landscape
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The key to correctly watering your lawn, is to limit the frequency, and irrigating it at a deep level. With this, you get a deep, well-rooted lawn. This grass efficiently uses underground water. 

Remember, it’s essential to observe your garden continually to know when to irrigate. Whithering and discoloration are a sign of “water stress.” 

The main objective of any irrigation system is to give enough water to plants without wasting it. To do this, you can use sprinklers or dripping irrigation system. This promotes the efficient use of water. 

Sprinklers 

Sprinkling irrigation is the most common and popular irrigation method. In essence, sprinkling irrigation systems can be connected to a hose and moved around the lawn, or they can be part of an incorporated irrigation system.  

Before starting, you have to check if there are any specific requirements for incorporated irrigation systems in the installation zone. For example, if you need to obtain an installation permit. 

A spray head must spray big water drops, instead of a fine mist. Spraying mist wastes water through evaporation and by being misplaced by the wind. 

Also, you must set up a timer. This will help you remember when to turn off your sprinkler. If used correctly, automatic sprinklers contribute to efficient irrigation. 

Many irrigation systems use timed controls that turn them off after using a certain amount of water. Also, rain shutoff devices avoid unnecessary irrigation if it’s raining. Now, they are becoming a requirement in most Texas counties. 

Drip irrigation

Drip irrigation slowly waters the soil. Water flows through emitters, drip lines, sprayers, or sprinklers set up in different parts of the garden or lawn. Since they are slower than traditional methods, drip irrigation systems take more time working than other systems. However, there’s less water loss and evaporation. 

Understandably, different parts of a garden have different irrigation needs. Some plants and trees might require less water than the others. You must reduce the irrigation time for these areas. In such instances, drip irrigation can be a more efficient method than sprinklers. 

Also, you can set up drip irrigation systems over or underground. Thus, guaranteeing the correct care of the irrigated area. 

Remember, it’s important to talk with a professional about drip irrigation systems. They can help you choose the right system for your soil and provide you with everything you need. 

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