Let`s talk a bit about the advantages of installing an underground sprinkler system. First of all your lawn will look awesome, but besides that it is going to save you time and in the long run money.
Most of us simply do not have the extra time it would require to nourish our lawn and help it reach it`s full potential. An automatic sprinkler system solves this problem for us on it`s own and in the same time consumes less water than you would use doing the job yourself.
Every underground sprinkler system consists of the following components:
- Main controller
- Magnetic valves
- Piping/ cabling
- Rain sensor
- Mini weather station (optional)
The main controller is the brain of the system, it controls the magnetic valves, opening and closing the flow of water towards the sprinkler zones.
The magnetic valves control the flow of water through the individual zones and are operated by the main controller. A zone consists of a series of sprinkler heads. Your sprinkler system is going to be divided into zones, which will water your garden in a preset order. Besides sprinkler heads you can use dripping irrigation solutions in your garden as well.
The Rain sensor needs to be mounted out of reach of the sprinkler heads. Some states require the installation of such devices by law. You can opt to upgrade this to a mini weather station, which also takes into account temperature and humidity, making it possible to provide the best care for your lawn and plants depending on the conditions.
If you are thinking about installing your own underground sprinkler system, then the first thing to consider is your water source. In case you are connected to the public water system, you need to find out the water flow and pressure values. If there is no access to the public network, then you also have to think about the best suited pump for your well. There are a few good well pumps out there designed to handle irrigation systems.
The next step is to plan the irrigation layout. The type of sprinkler head best suited for the job always depends on your specific watering needs. The first thing you should do is draw a blueprint of your garden. It is important to take into consideration all the obstacles that may be in the way of the sprinklers. You can opt to install drip irrigation under your flower beds, bushes, trees etc. Separate your zones depending on the watering needs. Shady areas have different watering needs than sunny ones, flowerbeds the same. Different types of sprinkler heads may require different pipe sizes. You can consult your local store representatives on the matter. Taking your drawings and measurements with you is a good idea.
Doing the ground work is back breaking work. If you are not up for it you might need to get someone to help. You can find companies that will lay your pipes without needing to excavate the lawn you might already be having, with the help of a irrigation pipe laying machine.
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