Home Landscape Watering Basics

Maintaining a beautiful garden landscape can be hard work if you don’t have the systems in place to make it work for you. Lugging an old hose around the garden is an inefficient way to get the job done when there are fully automated landscape irrigation systems now available that do the job more effectively. A little cash at the beginning can save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. Here are some basic home landscape watering basics that could make your garden thrive and your back pain disappear for good.

  1. Create a layout. Before you can truly understand what sort of watering system will work for you, you need to get a good idea of the bird’s eye view layout of your garden landscape. So first things first, get a pen and paper out and start drawing a map of your garden exactly how it is at this point. Then, draw a map of how you want it to be. This will give you a clear idea of what areas you need to focus on it your garden. Pinpoint exactly which areas of the garden will need regular watering and plan an irrigation system based around these diagrams.
  2. Choose a theme. The key to the beautification of you garden is choosing a theme and sticking to it. Things can start to look a little funny when you have palm trees side by side with a old conifer. Take note of the environment that you live in and choose plants that thrive in these conditions. This will mean less work for you as the plants will take from the soil what they need to survive. If you live in a dry hot climate, then succulents are a great way to keep things thriving. If you live in a moist and humid part of the world, then your options are a little more varied. Breaking your garden into sections or designing the landscape by color is a great way to create an aesthetic flow to the landscape. Choosing a theme and sticking to it will help when managing your irrigation system.
  3. Consult a professional. Keeping you garden hydrated is a full time job and sometimes requires the help of professional. Whether you have a regular landscaping team that does this work for you on a daily or weekly basis, or whether you install a basic irrigation system to get the job done by itself, you should always seek the advice of someone in the know. This will save you a lot of hassle and heartache in the long run. Setting up a system early on that works means less fiddling and rearranging in the future. Consider consulting someone like Mid-South Irrigation & Landscape. They provide a wide variety of services, from irrigation design, to installation & maintenance, to landscape construction and design.
  4. Be energy and water efficient. When you’re maintaining a lush garden, it’s important to consider every single drop that you use, especially if you live in drought-affected areas. There are a number of techniques that you can use that will help with this. Be sure to inspect your irrigation system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads that could be wasting water and be sure that your sprinkler system is set up so that it focuses on your plants, not your driveway and your curb. Every drop counts!

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