Irrigation- Why should I care?

Irrigation, just another project nuisance. “It’s wasteful,” some may say, or “I’m trying to help the environment.” We understand that, but what happens when your next client wants irrigation? You’ll probably go to the cheapest contractor you can find. But what if having a contractor design an irrigation system is the vary thing that causes the waste you have been avoiding?

Having trained irrigation designers work with you on your project will ensure conservation efforts are achieved. Irrigation is the thing that feeds your beautiful designs, keeping them alive and looking great! Although wasteful when compared to rain, there are many ways to help with water conservation in an irrigation design.

Even if you prefer not to include irrigation in a design, it is wise to know a professional irrigation design team like WC3 to help you when a client requests irrigation.

Understanding Conservation Efforts

Water, sunlight and temperature all influence healthy plant growth, but water is the factor over which landscape professionals can exert the most control. And conserving water is becoming more important every year.

Even in areas where water is plentiful, individual consumption and efficient use are issues getting increased attention. Because of this, landscape professionals and homeowners assume an even larger responsibility in managing this resource.

Huge strides in irrigation system design have enabled landscape professionals to manage water use efficiently. Watering schedules can be as simple or as elaborate as individual situations dictate. Adaptations to an existing irrigation program even can be made automatically through weather station information downloaded to a computerized control system. These technological advances result in more efficient irrigation for the professional and the homeowner.

Factors In Irrigation Control

sprinkler in rainClimate conditions effect irrigation. You have probably noticed a sprinkler running during a storm or water shooting all over a sidewalk at some point. Rainfall, wind, evapotranspiration, temperature, soil, drainage, water source, and plant material are all factors that need to be considered in a design and water cycle.

Thankfully new technology allows irrigation to automatically shut off when rain is detected. Wind is a factor in irrigation control as well. While poor irrigation design plays a large role in watering hardscapes, wind can also blow water to unwanted areas.

Also, evapotranspiration, which describes the amount of water lost from the surface due to evaporaton, needs to be considered when setting water cycles. Too little or too much water can be detrimental to your design.  Going along with that is temperature, obviously water will evaporate quicker in warm climates. Knowing the area’s average temperatures will give you a better understanding of when and of how to water.

Understanding environmental factors such as these, helps us build irrigation designs custom to our client’s area and it’s weather; ensuring conservation.

Irrigation doesn’t have to be wasteful. There are endless ways to design a system better and put in place conservation measures. Contact us with questions for your next water efficient system.