Installing an irrigation system comes with many things to consider, such as what contractor to hire for the job, where you want the pipes to be laid out, and what type of system you want to use in your landscape beds. Generally, landscape beds typically use either traditional sprinkler systems or drip irrigation systems. Learn about these types of systems and decide which type may benefit your residential or commercial property in Granger, Elkhart, South Bend, and surrounding cities in northern Indiana.
The initial cost of installation is more economical with traditional sprinkler systems.
If you are concerned with the initial upfront cost, then keep in mind that drip irrigation systems will cost more, typically around $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot depending on your property and labor costs. A traditional sprinkler system's cost will be much more economical, running about $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot for installation costs. This difference in cost may be something that you consider, especially if you plan on installing a large irrigation system.
While drip irrigation is more expensive to install, the cost may end up offsetting over the years with lower water bills.
Drip irrigation systems will use less water and reduce waste.
Saving water and reducing consumption is important these days, and if that is high up on your list as well, then you may want to go with a drip irrigation system. These systems are designed to save water and deposit it directly by the roots of your shrubs, plants, annuals, and trees. With this design, less water is used and waste is reduced because there is no chance for the moisture to evaporate in the warm sunlight of the afternoon before the plants can absorb it. Additionally, this method reduces the amount of water on your plant leaves, which reduces chances of a fungal disease developing.
Using sprinkler systems in your landscape beds is another option, but they may end up being less efficient and deposit too much water, which can cause runoff and may wash away mulch and soil. If you do use a traditional system, make sure that you set it to only water in the early morning hours so that plants will have enough time to absorb the water.
Both drip irrigation and sprinkler systems will require maintenance and repairs from time to time.
With a traditional sprinkler system, you may encounter parts that break from time to time or general maintenance tasks that need to be done. Irrigation contractors often see repair and maintenance issues with these systems such as:
- Broken sprinkler heads
- Burst pipes
- Timers that stop working
- Pumps that need replacement
- Spring startups
- Winterization services
Common maintenance and repairs for drip irrigation systems include checking the soil to ensure moisture is being distributed property, spring startups, winterization, replacing filters, fixing pipes that may be damaged, moving the pipes if you get new plants, and more.
Are you looking for a new irrigation system? Call us for an estimate.
In South Bend, Elkhart, Granger, and nearby areas of Indiana, the experienced irrigation contractors at Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC install and design traditional sprinkler systems and drip irrigation for residential and commercial properties. If you are looking for a new irrigation system, call us at (574) 326-3526 to set up an estimate.