When rain is scarce, or a dry winter carries into a summertime drought, you will need to act quickly to keep your garden healthy and growing. Irrigation is the supply of water to a particular part of your property or land to provide growth, whether for crops or just a lush green landscape. Irrigation is essential for the growth of your crops, flower garden, and green lawn. There are 4 main kinds of complete irrigation solutions that you can acquire for your home.

4 Methods of Irrigation

Sprinkler System

The sprinkler system is the most common way of getting water to every part of your yard. This type of system gets its water through the pipes, which then distributes the water through the spinning nozzles. Depending on the size of your yard or garden, you can get one or many that would help keep your garden well-watered throughout the dry months. Keep in mind that you’ll need to adjust the control so as not to overwater the area. Pressure is also key when using a sprinkler system. Adjust the water pressure to meet the needs of the crops or yard you are watering.

Drip

A drip irrigation system is installed close to the crops or flowers themselves and only waters them when necessary, instead of distributing water to the entire area. A drip system is ideal for any terrain as it sits close to the designated area without overwatering. It’s an ideal and time-saving element for small or large farms, but can get pricey.

Rain

Natural supplies of mineral-rich rainfall are the most effective in keeping a vibrant, green landscape. However, for complete irrigation solutions when rainfall isn’t reliable, we’ve come up with several methods that are just as effective and yet plentiful.

Surface/Subsurface

Not all homeowners will use this method; however, if you have a larger property with the opportunity to grow crops, you may want to invest in something that will “get to the root” of the water issues. Subsurface irrigation is the planting of a series of water pipes under the surface of the soil to hydrate the roots. It’s very low maintenance and cost-effective irrigation, especially because you don’t have to hire somebody to measure the amount of water or maintain your crops. Unlike other irrigation systems, you don’t have to worry about water evaporation. While it may be a costly installation at first, this effective tool will make it easier for you in the long run if you have a large amount of crops.

Surface irrigation is definitely easier, and is the most used system to water your ground or crops. Surface irrigation doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, and it draws water from higher areas of the land to your designated spot. Surface irrigation works in three ways: border, basin, and furrow irrigation. Basin irrigation keeps the water from running to the other nearby fields by relying on flat fields. Border irrigation uses gates and siphons to get the water around (you can typically find this method on large farms). Furrow irrigation requires water to flow through narrow channels that are dug throughout the field.

As you can see, there are many ways to keep your landscape lush and green all year long, even in a drought. These complete irrigation solutions help you get the most out of your garden, no matter where you reside. Whether you already own a garden or you’re looking to design one, the expert landscape contractors at Renovations Landscape can design and install an irrigation system that fits your needs. Let’s get you started with a free quote on your next landscape design!