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Irrigation Basics

With the summer well and truly underway in South-East Queensland, it’s time for us to talk about irrigation and how to ensure your landscape not only survive but strive throughout the season!

Our blog this week will discuss the two types of systems commonly available for your home, office, or commercial project, and their benefits.

Types of Irrigation Systems

Drip Irrigation

The drip irrigation system comprises of a series of pipes that are connected to a water supply, and drippers are inserted into the pipes which slowly drop out water. The benefits of using this system is that water is delivered to the plant’s root system and there is very little wastage, and the system could be operated manually or connected to a timer. Drip irrigation can be placed above surface, or sub-surface, and best applied to planting rows or circular nodes around tree bases.

Sprinkler Irrigation

Sprinkler irrigation is a system whereby the water is piped through a series of pipes or a hose and delivered as a fine spray to an area. There are options for a single or multiple sprinkler heads, and pop up or fixed sprinklers depending on the space that requires water.  The system can be controlled manually or with a timer, and can be quite water-efficient when positioned and installed correctly.

Benefits of Irrigation Systems

  • Water conservation and time: Both drip and sprinkler systems have options for timers. Automating your irrigation will free up time that is otherwise spent watering with a hose or with a watering can. An irrigation system will also conserve water by directing it to where it is needed, and can be set at times when the water will be best absorbed into the soil (eg. watering early morning or evening to avoid water evaporation before water could be absorbed).
  • Preserves soil structure and nutrients: Watering with a garden hose may allow too much water to seep into the soil, leaving plants with fewer nutrients through water run off. The structure of the soil can also become compacted, and plants may show signs of root disease or withering from suffocation. Drip or sprinkler systems will produce smaller droplets and help preserve the soil structure and nutrients.
  • Prevents diseases and weeds: Water at the roots will help prevent leaf diseases caused by standing droplets on the foliage or flowers, thus diseases have less chance of proliferating. Specialised drip irrigation will also direct the water specifically to where its needed, therefore it helps prevent weeds from germinating.

Designing Your Custom Irrigation Program

When designing your irrigation system, always keep your space and the needs of your planting palette in mind, as different plant species may require different levels of moisture and methods of water delivery. When planning the system, consider your local council’s advice on irrigation. Certain elements to keep an eye out for include the usage a nominal water source to feed the system and your water rate.

To ensure your outdoor space strive and flourish throughout the year, and especially during the scorching summer months, our team of designers and irrigation experts follow each project from design stage to delivery to ensure the best possible irrigation program is applied and installed.

Contact our team today for a consultation on a custom irrigation solution for your space, or to speak to one of our experts on installing a new irrigation system!

Contact our team today for a consultation on a custom irrigation solution for your space, or to speak to one of our experts on installing a new irrigation system.

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