The Pros & Cons of Lawn Irrigation Systems
Water bills can quickly cause stress for home and business owners when they don’t have the proper systems in place to ensure efficiency and minimize use. When you invest in your water irrigation system, you will see your savings offset the initial cost pretty quickly, and you will reduce your overall water consumption. There are a few options to choose from when installing a new California irrigation system, and each one has its own set of advantages that must be carefully considered when finding the right fit for you.
In order to simplify the process, we’ve created this pros and cons list of the different types of California irrigation systems so you can understand and make an informed decision to best accommodate your needs!
Watering by Hand
This is the tried and true method for most homes and business owners. Boiled down, you control how much water is used and where it goes. The biggest perk is that you can see which spots need additional tending because of their extended time in the sun drying them out quicker than places in the shade. There are limited upfront costs since you only need a spigot, a hose, and potentially a sprinkler that is moved around as necessary.
The greatest drawback to watering by hand is the time investment. You will need someone, whether it be yourself or someone else, to stand around watering the grass for some time. Depending on how much ground you have to cover this could take hours! Additionally, not everyone knows how to properly water grass and plants and may underwater, or overwater, them — in the case of the latter, you will run your bill up and harm your lawn.
- You control the water and where it goes. More “centralized”
- More attention can be paid to over-sunned spots
- Limited upfront costs (hose, faucet, sprinkler)
- It takes LOTS of time
- You will need to do it or hire someone else to do it
- Hiring someone who isn’t knowledgeable of your lawn or its needs can cause overwatering/underwatering harming your lawn and water bill!
Sprinklers can work for all sizes of lawns and gardens as long as you plan and scale for the area. Firstly, you also need to choose between manual and automatic sprinklers. Both are great to cover large/small lawns alike, however, each comes with their own set of challenges. Manual sprinklers require that you monitor and operate the water flow by turning it on, off, or adjusting the pressure as needed. It is recommended to water earlier in the morning before the sun becomes too hot and evaporates your efforts, so if you go the manual route you will have to wake up early each day to turn your sprinklers on.
Automatic sprinklers allow you to sleep in and mitigate any chance of forgetting to turn the water off, which can be an attractive option for those of us who have busier days. To minimize water waste with automatic sprinklers, make sure you check the forecast and turn your system off on rainy days!
- Waters evenly and completely
- Automatic sprinklers make for no work or time invested by you
- Can waste a lot of water
- Can miss spots
- Moderate cost to maintain
If you have a smaller yard, want to scale to a larger yard, or filed drip irrigation may be a good choice for you. You can choose between an above-ground system or a slightly buried below ground system–optimal for water delivery to your lawn or plants. With the drip option, you can choose how much water is dripped out over a specified amount of time (an hour, several hours, a day) and can rest assured knowing it’s taken care of. The con to this option is that with anything larger than smaller lawns, mulch patches, or individual plants, the cost begins to rise due to the increased infrastructure needed. However, the drip system is the most effective option when it comes to minimizing evaporation.
We want to help you make your California irrigation system is as efficient as it can be to save you operational costs for years to come. Many homes and businesses waste water as they watch their grass, gardens, and landscapes wither despite their best efforts to water and water. Contact us to begin a consultation on how we can assist, save you money, and work towards water conservation to help our environment.