3 Irrigation Options for Your Yard
Irrigation for the yard isn't just important for the plants and flowers that surround the base of the structure, but it's also a great way for homeowners to become more involved (and more invested) in what's going on in their yards. There are three common ways to irrigate, and the right one will depend on the type of property a homeowner has.
A sprinkler system will position several spray heads at ground level and then deliver water at specific times and intervals. Familiar to most homeowners because they're so visible, sprinklers are generally recommended for smaller yards. The mist created by the sprinkler means more evaporation, so a larger yard will require that much more water to irrigate properly.
Homeowners can also consider a rotor system, which is similar to a sprinkler system. They're more efficient than sprinklers, making them a good alternative for homeowners with larger yards.
A soaker hose is buried beneath the ground, making is perfect for trees, plants, and shrubs with deeper roots. The porous membrane of the hose allows for the water to seep through the entire length of the vessel and soak into the soil. Because the water is being delivered directly (and out of the sunlight), there's less evaporation with this method.
There are a number of benefits for homeowners who choose a drip irrigation system:
- Less water consumption than spray devices
- Fewer weeds in the garden
- Versatile water delivery system
- Allows for zones in the yard
Drip irrigation is one droplet of water at a time, making it a slow yet consistent way to give the yard exactly what it needs. Homeowners like drip irrigation because it's easy to adjust both the location and settings of the devices, giving them an easy way to experiment. With a drip system, homeowners can better control the water placement, which is why there tend to be fewer weeds in the yard.
Irrigating a yard takes some time and effort, but it can also be an interesting and revealing project for homeowners who wish to improve their backyard space. At the very least, homeowners will learn more about how their plants respond to different water distribution systems.