Irrigation systems can be beneficial to your commercial property. With these systems, you can help save on your water bills and keep up the appearance of your landscape. However, there are a few things that you need to consider for your property. By installing the right system, you can help your trees, plants, and flowers to grow healthy and strong throughout the year.
There are two types of irrigation systems used on commercial properties: spray irrigation and drip irrigation. In this guide, we will discuss the pros and cons of these methods to help you choose the best irrigation for your commercial property.
Spray Irrigation Systems
Spray irrigation systems will use a variety of valves and nozzles to spray out through sprinklers and tubes. The water will emit a fine spray that emulates water distribution like a natural rainfall. You can find this type of irrigation system in many commercial landscapes. This system is the most common form of irrigation.
There are many advantages when you use spray irrigation for your property. Many people choose this system because it is adjustable and customizable. With the fine mist, you might even see birds and other creatures cooling off in the refreshing spray. This type of system makes an excellent replacement for natural rain in areas that experience drought conditions.
You can adjust the spray patterns to meet the needs of your lawn or garden. If you need more water, it is a simple adjustment of the nozzle heads. This spray irrigation can also cover large surfaces to keep them well-watered throughout the year. Spray irrigation systems also incorporate smart technology to adjust the water distribution with a simple app. Finally, spray irrigation systems also make it easier for you to send water to stressed-out areas on your property.
While these systems have many advantages, there are some drawbacks to spray irrigation. These systems are popular and effective, but you need to have them installed and calibrated by a professional company. With the right installation, you can get the most benefits out of the system. Mature plants and trees can block the spray for other plants if the system is not correctly installed. On extremely windy days, you can experience a high level of water loss as the droplets are dispersed.
There is also a higher level of evaporation from these irrigation systems. You also have to watch out for the extra moisture that can be left on the plants’ leaves. When that happens, your plants will have a higher risk of sunscald or disease.
Drip Irrigation System
Drip irrigation systems are another type of water distribution for your commercial landscape. This system is a concentrated form of irrigation, and it is also called a micro-irrigation system. With the help of a few small tubes, the water is moved around your landscape. The water is controlled with regulators and valves so that you can regulate the amount of irrigation. Drip irrigation systems allow you to deliver the water right to the intended area as it drips into the soil surface. This system has a variation called subsurface drip irrigation. With this system, the tube is placed underground with a direct route to the roots.
Like spray irrigation, there are a few benefits of drip irrigation. These systems can help both new and well-established landscapes. It is also a more efficient system that offers less water waste and evaporation. Drip irrigation systems can help you to water those gardens with irregular shapes and hard-to-reach spots on your property. You will also notice an even water distribution with this system. Drip irrigation is an excellent choice for those who want less fertilizer run-off and soil erosion. Since the water does not make contact with the leaves, you can prevent disease in your plants. Drip irrigation will also avoid problems that could damage asphalt, siding, or windows with overspray.
However, there are some disadvantages to drip irrigation systems. If you live in an area with strong sunlight, your system’s tubing can be damaged if the components are above the ground. Without the proper filtration for your water, this irrigation has a higher chance of blockages in the system. For those with a large area of land to water, it can be difficult to irrigate with this system. Drip systems are also vulnerable to damages from pests, landscaping tools, and foot traffic. You also cannot use these types of systems for frost control, unlike a spray system. Finally, once you have installed the system, it can be challenging to check once your landscape starts to mature.
Choose the System for You
Before you select a system for your commercial property, you need to understand your landscaping needs. If you are looking for a more technically advanced system, you might want to check out the spray irrigation system. Those hard to water areas will benefit from the installation of drip irrigation. With the right irrigation system, you will see a difference in the quality of your landscape. These systems can help to reduce your water usage and lower those monthly water bills. There are many advantages and disadvantages to these systems. However, with a little research, you can find the one that will help you get the most out of your irrigation system.
If you still have questions about your irrigation choices, you should contact the team at Charlestown Landscaping. We can help you find the best system for your commercial property. Our horticultural experts understand the needs of your trees, shrubs, and plants. We know what will work best with them to keep your property well-hydrated throughout the year.
In addition to providing advice, we can help with all those commercial property landscaping tasks. Our team will take care of the mowing, pruning, trimming, and much more. We will even add those finishing touches, like mulch and lawn edging, for a more pleasing appearance to your outdoor space. If you would like to contact us about commercial landscaping services, make sure to fill out the contact form.