2 Elements of Irrigation Design That Can Save Your Landscaping

Landscaping is an important part of your commercial curb appeal. The plants need to look healthy and the grass needs to be green. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to devote a lot of time and effort to your landscaping. A well-designed irrigation system can do the bulk of the work so your grassy areas and vegetation don’t need a lot of manual attention. Here are two key design elements professional landscapers can bring to your system:

1. Varied sprinkler heads for more precise watering schedules.

Sprinklers come in three general types:

  • drip sprinkler heads, for slow, longer watering sessions and individual plants that need low but consistent moisture.
  • spray heads, which deliver the most water at a high pressure for large area coverage.
  • rotor heads, for moderate streams of water over large, flat areas like grass fields.

Different areas of your landscaping need different sprinkler heads to reduce the risk of over- or underwatering. Professionals can install these sprinklers according to plant type and ensure there’s no cross-coverage, or mixed zones, that happens when different sprinkler types are too close to each other.

2. Check valves and water sensors to prevent leaks and access watering.

Smarter systems get you better results. Professional irrigation installers can add water sensors that monitor water levels in the soil, especially near sensitive plants, and near line breaks so you can get early notice of a potential leak. More precise automation helps your landscaping systems respond to changes in the weather and any damage to the system.

Professionals can also install check valves, which prevent run-off and water waste. When the sprinklers turn off, there is still water in the underground lateral lines. Check valves hold it in place so your sprinklers both shut off immediately and have that water available for a faster start-up. Ask your irrigation installers about other features and add-ons that can ensure more efficient watering.