There are so many different types of irrigation, but the demand to cut back on water usage has increased in the last few years. The question a lot of people then ask is which irrigation system is most efficient without wasting any water?
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To limit overwatering, you can invest in rain or soil moisture sensors that stop your irrigation system when necessary. A soil moisture sensor is more accurate than a rain sensor but is complicated to install and manage. However, a rain sensor will work fine if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of different irrigation systems.
You can choose between automatic or manual sprinklers. Both will be able to water larger and wider areas. With a manual sprinkler system, you have to open the valve and close it after your chosen amount of time. If you’re not up for this, you can program automatic sprinklers to your exact needs. You do however have to adjust the programming as the seasons change or when it’s raining, and you don’t have a rain or soil sensor.
This system is extremely precise and works perfect in small gardens and watering individual plants. It is more efficient than sprinklers and also saves more water. Because drip irrigation provides water directly into the soil, no water is lost due to evaporation or runoff.
This is obviously the most common and affordable way. This includes a garden hose and portable sprinklers. With hand watering, you can easily prevent overwatering. You can simply move to the next part of the garden when you see the ground stops absorbing water. You can also invest in different nozzles to control water flow.
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In conclusion, the automatic sprinklers are the most convenient and the drip irrigation system more effective if you want to save water. Both these systems are more expensive but worth the investment.