Greenery, flowering color, and shapes and texture combine to make a statement about you and catch the attention of passers-by. The best examples mix sizes, seasonal growth, and blooming potential as complements to your home’s architecture, colors, and materials.
Curb appeal – and your personal taste in landscaping, begins underground – not just the organic roots but the irrigation system. Fully automated and quality engineered, sprinkling systems offer a full return on your investment. If you have a lawn and landscaping worth protecting or improving, you want to shop carefully and intelligently.
Here’s five steps you’ll want to consider if you are thinking of an automated lawn sprinkling system:
- Don’t do it yourself. Big box hardware centers are more than happy to sell you the PVC piping, sprinkler heads, and timing systems for a sprinkler system, but installation on an established property also involves extensive digging and better than average plumbing know-how.
While the project may go easier on undeveloped lots, it still requires effort and expertise.
Many gardeners install or repair small systems, but getting it right isn’t for amateurs.
- Work with experts. If your property is under construction or undeveloped, you should seek the advice of your architect, contractor, and landscape designer on what greenery needs what irrigation and where to place it.
It’s not always a simple question of ample water; certain plant life needs water more or less frequently and for more or less duration. You need the type of professional lawn sprinkler system company described by Steve Rosenthal, a principal at Automated Lawn Sprinkler, as staying “on top of leading irrigation technologies and water conservation techniques.”
- Study the lay of the land. Plants, flowers, and grasses need more water when they sit in the sun throughout the day. At the same time, shade protects the evaporation and subsequent water needs of plants undercover.
And, since water rolls down hill, life at the top of slopes needs more than life at the bottom where it gathers. Such influences dictate the location of sprinklers and the spread of their spray.
- Test your soil. A thorough soil analysis is likely to reveal many soil types around your property and home. Easily compacted clays have more cohesion and less permeability. Sand and gravel mixes absorb water more easily, and its capillary qualities let water rise up from the water table below.
Varying soils will also influence how and where irrigation lines are placed and how they are timed.
- Check the law. Just about every geographical region and climate zone has proven erratic over recent years. Some areas have endured heavy and repeated flooding while others have gone through prolonged dry seasons.
You want to be on the right side of water regulations in your area. You don’t want to be breaking rules or paying fines. But, you also may be able to comply with well regulated sprinkler hardware.
- Plan to drip. Emitter drip lines roam flower beds or around tree bases to gently leak water into the soil.
Drip lines also protect sensitive plantings from damaging shooting water sprinkler heads and from irrigation above instead of at the roots.
Reputable contractors will provide proof of their licensing, insurance, and bonding. They will prepare detailed plans and drawings. And, they will offer reasonable estimates on cost, parts, and time.
The best providers will assign Certified Irrigation Contractors, well trained technicians, and service agreements to make your lawn and landscaping the talk of the neighborhood. However, the best designed landscaping planted at your considerable expense may go to seed and waste without a well planned and installed lawn sprinkling system.