So you want to install an irrigation system, but don’t know the first thing about it. This article will help you achieve a basic understanding of standard irrigation and the different parts it involves.
There are two types of Irrigation Systems:
The Metered Water System – Water is distributed through a fixed system and is usually connected to existing water lines in a house. The water is measured, and you will pay according to monthly usage.
The Pump System – Water is pumped into an irrigation system from a pond or lake. Besides installation, it will cost nothing.
Next, you will need to know the different components of a standard Irrigation System.
Backflow Preventer: This prevents contamination of the water and water flowing back into municipal supply.
Main Line: This is pipes that transport water to the main sprinkler. If there is a problem in the main line, it affects the whole irrigation system.
Sprinkler Area: A group of sprinkler heads that work together to guarantee water distribution in a specified area.
Area Lines: The Pipes that transport the water from the main line to each sprinkler. If there is a problem in these pipes, it only affects a specific area.
Valves: Devices that control water flow.
Heads: It is where the water is finally released from the pipes to the specific irrigated area.
Controller: This is where you can program the system to send a command to the valves to open and close at your chosen time.
The last part you need to know is the different types of heads.
Rotating Head – It works by rotating water over the area. Some are interchangeable and adjustable to suit your needs.
Fixed Spray Head – It sprays water over smaller areas. The distance it sprays can also be adjusted.
For all the people out there who want a beautiful, green garden all year round, but don’t have a clue about irrigation. This is the basics you’ll need to know. Happy gardening!