Summer has been notably hot and sunny for long stretches so far. That’s great news for daytime excursions, but your Putnam County, NY, plants and grass can suffer when there’s not enough rainfall. Ensuring your lawn and gardens get enough water is especially important in hot, dry conditions. An irrigation system takes the work out of watering, so you can concentrate on enjoying your summer activities.
Benefits of an Automatic Sprinkler System
Save time, reduce stress, improve plant health, and help reduce water consumption—it’s all possible with a properly installed irrigation system. It can also be used to distribute fertilizer and pest control treatments.
Estimating the right amount of water for your grass and soil conditions requires expert knowledge. Each type of grass has specific water and nutrient requirements, and different soil types can affect water absorption. An automatic irrigation system installed by a landscape professional will provide the correct amount of water for each zone in your outdoor space.
Another reason to look into installing an irrigation system is overwatering. Such systems take the thinking out of watering and helps homeowners conserve significant amounts of water while also preserving plant health. Too much water can result in root decay and a lack of nutrients.
Irrigation Systems with Timers
Without an automated system, watering at the right times of day can be a challenge. The best time to water is in the early morning, but work and family responsibilities can make finding time in the morning difficult. And sprinklers often get left on when everyone leaves the house in a rush. A system on a timer will remove all the hassles from daily watering. A timer also allows watering to be spread out in small intervals, to provide the best water absorption for your lawn.
Types of Irrigation Systems
There are three main types of irrigation systems used for residential watering. Sprinkler systems, drip irrigation systems, and bubbler systems each serve a specific watering need.
A sprinkler system is the closest option to natural rainfall. Water is distributed through the air by multiple sprinkler heads. With proper installation, a sprinkler system will provide complete coverage for all areas of your landscape. Sprinkler systems are ideal for large or irregularly shaped yards.
Drip Irrigation Systems
Provide a slow, steady source of water to the roots of grass and plants by using a drip irrigation system. The water is distributed through narrow tubes that contain evenly spaced drip emitters. Drip irrigation is very efficient and works best for flower beds, ornamental plants, and vegetable gardens.
Bubbler Irrigation Systems
A bubbler irrigation system is similar to a drip system but provides a larger volume of water. Bubblers are slightly elevated above the ground but still supply water at root level. These systems are ideal for shrubs and larger plants as well as areas that require more water than a drip system’s capability.
Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your irrigation system running properly for a long period of time. Lehigh Lawns & Landscaping, Inc. provides both start-up and shut-down services for your irrigation system. This includes inspection, repair of seals, hoses, and sprinkler heads, as well as adjustments of water pressure and setting timers.