Irrigation System: Things to Consider Before Purchasing

Irrigation supplies are necessary to ensure that your lawn and garden will receive the water they need in order to thrive, but these are not all created equal.


Irrigation supplies are necessary to ensure that your lawn and garden will receive the water they need in order to thrive, but these are not all created equal. That’s why it’s important to do your research before you purchase any kind of irrigation supplies so that you can be confident you’re buying the right ones for your needs and budget. Here are some things to consider before purchasing irrigation supplies so that you can get what you need without sacrificing quality or spending too much money.


Perhaps it’s obvious, but one of your first considerations will be your climate. If you live in a region with harsh winters or unending summers, you’ll have to ensure that your irrigation system can handle temperatures far below freezing and above 100 degrees. This means choosing an appropriate type of tubing and supply lines (polyvinyl chloride [PVC] is less resistant than polyethylene [PE]). In regions that see lots of rain and snow, you may have options for larger-diameter pipes; both PVC and PE are available in diameters up to 4 inches.

Plant Types

Plants that require less water include succulents, herbs, cacti and some trees. The most drought-tolerant of these is a succulent. Keep in mind that not all varieties of succulents are created equal. A good way to determine which ones you can use in your garden is by looking at their native habitat; those from drier regions will be better able to withstand long periods without irrigation. If you do go with succulents for your xeriscape design, choose varieties with larger leaves (such as Echeveria and Haworthia), as they’ll retain more moisture than species with small leaves (like Sedum or Sempervivum). Drought-tolerant trees include mesquite and acacia.

Type Of Soil

When designing your irrigation system, you’ll need to determine what type of soil you have and how much water it can hold. This will help determine if a typical sprinkler head is enough or if you may need an oscillating head. There are three types of soil; sandy, loamy and clay. Sandy soils do not hold a lot of water. These are usually found in deserts or arid areas and have particles that are very large and loose, allowing air pockets between them to dry out quickly when wet. Loamy soils have particles that are smaller than sand but bigger than clay so they can hold onto more water than sandy soils but will also lose it just as fast as sandy soils when wet. Clay soils have small particles that stick together tightly which makes it hard for air to get into pores and allow these soils to hold onto water longer than other types of soil. Soils with high amounts of clay should be avoided because these clog easily with minerals and fertilizers making them unable to drain properly. Watering plants with too much fertilizer causes root burn which leads to yellow leaves on plants due to their inability to absorb nutrients from fertilizer

Lawn Topography

The shape of your lawn is an important factor in how much irrigation you will need. Irrigating a large, flat area of grass tends to waste water. To prevent wasting money on expensive irrigation supplies, consider areas where evaporation or runoff is likely to occur and make note of these areas before placing your order. Even slight elevations can make a big difference in how much water you’ll use—and how much it’ll cost you.


Remember, irrigation supplies are not just for gardens. If you’re having trouble getting your grass or plants to grow, there may be an issue with your watering system. Irrigation systems can help solve all kinds of garden-related problems and may be a good idea if you’re looking for a way to promote a green lawn or garden during dry seasons.

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The author of this article is an expert in helping people purchasing irrigation supplies. In this article, he discusses the basic things to consider before purchasing irrigation system.



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