When you’re ready to upgrade your garden and add value to your home, a professional landscaper can help. Landscaping needs to be done right, and it starts with installing a proper irrigation system. Here’s what you should know about landscape irrigation, installation, and maintenance.
Why Should You Include Landscape Irrigation?
When making plans with a landscaper to have your home beautifully landscaped, the topic of irrigation will definitely come up. And it’s no surprise why: A correctly installed irrigation system is crucial to the proper functioning of your yard.
Irrigation has many benefits, which include:
- Targeting water to intended plants, along with flower and shrub beds
- Creating a lower environmental footprint by saving on insecticides and fertilizers
- Limiting water runoff
- Producing savings on utility bills
How to Install Your Irrigation System
Irrigation systems can be complicated, which is why it’s worth investing in a professional to install your system. When hiring a landscape designer and contractor, always confirm their certifications, references, and insurance are up-to-date.
Talk to your landscape designer about the best way to ensure your irrigation system runs efficiently. When planning your new yard, there are ways to improve irrigation. Some considerations to discuss with your landscape designer include:
- Assessing your yard’s unique features, such as how much sun and shade it receives
- Possibly aerating your lawn to improve water penetration and maximize your irrigation system
- Grouping plants together with similar moisture needs
- Planting grasses and plants that are native to your local climate and considering how much water they’ll need
Which Irrigation System Should I Choose?
Once you have your garden and yard planned, it’s time to select the irrigation system you’ll use. From drip irrigation to SMART irrigation controllers, there are various garden and lawn irrigation systems available.
Drip irrigation can dramatically improve water use efficiency. The best way you can protect your home and your investment is by having a licensed professional complete the installation.
Another option for irrigation is SMART irrigation. These controllers can automatically adjust your watering schedule based on rainfall. There are many types available, including those with Wi-Fi.
When choosing your sprinkler for your irrigation system, make sure you check your water pressure. Low or high-water pressure can significantly affect the efficiency of your sprinklers.
Maintaining Your Irrigation System
Your irrigation system will need semi-regular maintenance to remain in optimal condition.
You want to make sure you inspect your system monthly. When checking your irrigation system, look for leaks or clogged sprinkler heads. You also want to adjust your sprinkler head positions to avoid any obstructions and prevent watering unwanted structures around your home. It’s also important to check your water pressure as it can change over time.
Finally, ask your contractor about installing rain moisture sensors. These sensors can help by monitoring any natural rainfall and turning off your system to prevent overwatering.
Our team is ready to help install proper landscape irrigation at your home in Burlington, Oakville, Dundas, Hamilton, Ancaster and Waterdown! Contact us today for a consultation and to learn more about our landscaping services.