Planning on planting a garden this year? While you could manually water your vegetables, fruits, flowers and other plants, it’s not necessarily the most efficient or cost-effective method of garden watering.
Here’s a closer look at how to set up your garden for success by choosing the right garden irrigation system.
Drip irrigation system
If you’re planning a vegetable or flower garden, one of the best garden irrigation systems you can buy is a drip irrigation system. Not only do drip irrigation systems save water, but they also save you money. These systems are programmed to run at specific times of day for a set amount of time. You’ll never have to manually water your garden again—you don’t even need to be home to ensure your plants are properly watered.
In terms of efficiency, properly installed and maintained drip irrigation systems use anywhere between 30 to 50 percent less water than other sprinkler systems on the market. Since they deliver water at the soil level, you don’t have to worry about runoff or water waste. This garden-watering solution is ideal if you’re planting in problematic soil that contains large amounts of sand or clay, since the slow application of the water allows for greater absorption.
One of the most popular and effective methods of garden watering is the spray irrigation system. It delivers water to every type of landscape—from watering your lawn and garden to your vegetables. Standard setups include a controller, valves and sprinklers. Spray systems feature sprinklers that move in either a full, half or quarter circle, offering a high application rate in a short period of time.
A major advantage of spray sprinkler systems is that they water a large area of your yard or garden quickly and with a high application rate. You can even customize them to include soil moisture sensors and rain shutoff devices. The result is impressive water savings, which is good for both the environment and your wallet. Keep in mind that spray systems work best on flat terrain, so they might not be an ideal solution if you have sloped areas of your garden.
Like the spray system, a rotor system is automated but uses a rotating stream of water to direct moisture toward plants rather than spraying water in a fixed pattern. Rotor sprinklers spin in arcs, allowing for even greater coverage than spray systems. If you need to water a large landscape area, a rotor system may be an ideal solution.
When it comes to distributing water efficiently, rotor systems are generally considered much more effective than spray systems. Additionally, rotor systems are very versatile, allowing you to water odd-shaped areas or even sloped landscapes.
Want to learn more about proper garden watering to make sure your plants grow healthy and strong? Reach out to Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. today to explore your options when it comes to sprinkler systems. We provide high-quality sprinklers that keep lawns, gardens and other green spaces looking their best.