Garden irrigation – which systems are worth opting for?

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Irrigation is one of the basic and most important garden maintenance tasks. However, watering with traditional watering cans or garden hoses can be tiring and time-consuming. A much better solution would be to invest in a garden irrigation system.

If you have a large garden, you know very well how time-consuming and laborious it can be to water it by hand. Using watering cans and garden hoses is not a very practical solution. Traditional watering also becomes problematic when our flowers require different amounts of water, or during the vacations when we go on vacation. 

Investing in a garden irrigation system allows us to systematically supply water to the plants without our efforts. Using such a solution, we’ll gain more time, save water and won’t have to worry about what will happen to our meticulously tended flowers during our summer vacation away from home.

Garden irrigation system – types

Automatic irrigation system allows you to supply water throughout the garden without maintenance. There are at least several irrigation systems available for watering plants.

Drip irrigation

Drip irrigation involves watering plants using a drip line that runs on or under the surface of the ground. The drip line applies water in small but regular doses, delivering it directly to the plants’ root systems. Drip irrigation is great for: flowerbeds, rockeries, hedges, vegetable beds, greenhouses, plastic tunnels and small orchards. This system can be used for both small and large areas.

Static sprinklers

Static sprinklers are often chosen for small and medium-sized gardens because they have a small range. Their advantage, however, is that they allow a lot of freedom in the design of entire irrigation systems, because they can be freely combined with each other. A static sprinkler will work best on even surfaces. If there are bevels, hills and other irregularities on our plot, we must remember that this type of sprinkler will draw a lot of water and distribute it unevenly. On level terrain, a static sprinkler irrigates uniformly, but only in one direction.

Rotary (turbine) sprinklers

Rotary sprinklers are great for large gardens and lawns or terrains with varying terrain. These types of sprinklers have a long range (up to 15 meters, depending on the model), and they rotate around their axis from 40 degrees up to 360 degrees. Importantly, the range of turbine sprinklers can be adjusted, allowing greater freedom when designing an irrigation system.

Static and turbine micro-sprinklers

Micro-sprinklers can be considered a more precise type of traditional sprinklers. Their action is to irrigate plants with a small but uniform portion of water over a long period of time. Static micro-sprinklers water only in one direction, while turbine sprinklers throw a stream of water around their own axis.

Long-reach hammer sprinklers

Long-reach hammer sprinklers will work well in agricultural fields, orchards, pastures and playing fields, i.e. large areas. We can choose among full-turn models, which irrigate a large area of land, and sector models, which water hard-to-reach places, such as a section of an irregularly shaped field.

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Peter Bowers

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