The Benefits of an Automatic Watering System

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Right from the top, water conservation, saving money, and convenience are three of the key factors that prompt many people to install a timed irrigation system in their gardens. Aside from these obvious advantage, there is of course the added benefit of keeping your garden healthy and green through the spring and summer months.

Watering a lawn or garden is so simple, yet many people get it wrong partly because it is so easy. There are numerous times when you might turn your sprinkler, and intend to come back several minutes later to shut it off or move it to another area, but minutes turn into hours and you suddenly remember after large amounts of water have been wasted at your own expense. Another scenario could be that you forgot which areas of your garden have already been watered, or which days you watered previously. We're all human, and distractions happen, but with an automated watering system it's one less thing you have to stay on top of aside your busy schedule.

So, is an automatic garden irrigation system worth the cost? It may be on the expensive side, but it frees you from one of the most aggravating and time-consuming outdoor chores, and can save you a lot of water if you are prone to forgetting your sprinkler when it's running. Clearly one of the key benefits here is water conservation, which translates into savings for you that add up over time. You can manage your irrigation system's timetable, so you can always be sure that the right amount of water is going to the right areas, exactly when you want it. Sprinklers are placed and spaced in a way that will guarantee thorough, even coverage at the right precipitation level. This methodical, exacting automation is what you are paying for. With an automated irrigation system you can fully adjust your water levels. Also, some systems are equipped with rain detectors that will suspend the watering system during rainfall.

An automatic lawn irrigation system consists of multiple sprinkler heads interconnected with tubing, and can be separated into multiple zones. Each zone has its own sprinkler heads and a control valve which regulates the water flow, and these valves are all connected to a central control mechanism, normally placed in the garage, basement, or other protected area of your home. The control panel serves as the brains of the entire system. When the central control panel activates a specific zone, a control valve opens, the system becomes charged and the sprinklers start ticking away. There are many different types of sprinkler heads, each suited to a particular type and size of area requiring watering. There are sprayers which deliver a fine mist uniformly out in all directions, rotary heads which blast water out in a wide circle, and drip type heads for more specific landscape areas. Sprayer heads are normally used when accuracy of coverage is essential, while rotary heads deliver water to a large area and require fewer units. Many sprinkler heads are available in pop-up versions, rising several inches above the ground when water pressure is applied so as not to be obstructed by small plants and shrubs.

Let's review. There are likely only a couple reasons why you are considering an automatic garden sprinkler system - Simplicity and Savings. These systems may be costly initially, but the water savings, and more importantly the time you will save, are worth every penny. No more grabbing the hose and spraying the lawn while you get wet and cold, no more forgetting the sprinkler was turned on, and no more remembering which areas you have watered and how often. All of these things are removed from your schedule when you operate an automatic watering system.

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Author: Kostas Menegakas
Kostas Menegakas is the owner and manager of Landscapes R Us, a local and regional landscape design company based in High Point, NC.

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