The majority of new homes that are built in the 21st century with finished landscaping include some type of irrigation system. Most homes have an automated sprinkler system. If your home does not include an automated sprinkler system, it is a home improvement project that you should seriously consider. Irrigation systems offer your home a simple and easy way to continue beautifying the landscape without back breaking work. Here are 4 reasons to consider when considering investing in an automated sprinkler system for your home.
A sprinkler system will help maintain your current landscape for you to enjoy for years to come. It will also extend the life of your lawn and shrubbery as well as increase the value of your home. It is the most convenient and efficient way to make sure that your lawn is getting the water it needs to stay healthy. Automated sprinkler systems will provide your home with the right amount of water without over or underwatering. When the system is installed properly, you can be sure that you will conserve water. Manual sprinkler systems run the risk of only watering certain areas of your landscape causing dry brown spots to appear in your law as well as under-watering plants, flowers, and trees. Often times, homeowners will forget to turn off the sprinkler system, resulting in a flood of water pooling in the lawn or leaking onto the sidewalks and streets. An automated sprinkler system is set to a timer to prevent these things from occurring.
Before irrigation installation, either by yourself or professionally, there needs to be some type of plan drawn up. The design and installation of your system is a vital part of the process that will extend the longevity of your system and how it performs over time. A professional should go over the plan with you before digging up your lawn. If you plan to install the system yourself, there are professionals who are able to draw up plans for you for a nominal fee to ensure that you get every area of your landscape the right amount of water.
Prevent Disease and Weed Build-up
There are different types of irrigation systems that can be installed. A specialized drip system directs water specifically to the root of each plant as opposed to only sprinkling the top of the plants with a regular system. By investing in a drip system, weeds will be unable to grow resulting in less weeding over time. Water directed at the roots also prevents leaf disease. Leaf disease is caused by standing drops of water. Because the water is directed specifically to the leaves or flowers, leaf disease is less likely to develop.
Through manual watering of plants, there is the possibly of over-watering, which causes the nutrients of the soil to flow away from the plants, trees, flowers, and shrubbery. As a result, the soil is taken away from the plants, leaving it with fewer nutrients to stay alive. Plants with fewer nutrients are more likely to die prematurely. If you have been watering with a hose, you may notice that the soil becomes compacted. Plants growing in compacted soil often start to wither or develop root disease because of suffocating soil. By investing in a sprinkler system, droplets of water are spread more evenly over the soil.