Irrigation For Dummies

You may know that you want to install an irrigation system, yet you really do not know the first thing about it. The more that you understand standard irrigation and all of the parts that it involves, the easier it will be.

There are two different kinds of irrigation systems:

Metered Water System – This is where water gets distributed via a fixed system, usually connected to the existing water lines in a home. Water is measured and you pay accordingly with your monthly usage.

Pump System – Water gets pumped via an irrigation system from a lake or pond. Besides the installation, this will cost nothing.

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Next, you have to know the various components for your standard irrigation system:

Shutoff Valve – This is a way to cut off the water supply if you need to.
Backflow Preventer – Works to prevent contamination of water, and the water flowing back to the municipal supply.
Mainline – These are pipes that bring water to your main sprinkler. If you have a problem with the mainline, it will impact the entire irrigation system.
Sprinkler Area – This is a group of sprinklers that will work together to give guaranteed water distribution to a certain area.
Area Lines – These are the pipes that will transport water from your main line into each sprinkler. When there is a problem in the pipes, it will impact a specific area only.
Valves – These are devices for controlling water flow.
Heads – This is where water is released from your pipes into specific irrigated areas.
Controller – Here is where you program the system to send commands out to the valves for opening and closing at the selected time.

With the last part, you will need to know about the different head types:

Rotating Head – Works by rotating water all over the area. Some of them are adjustable and interchangeable to fit your needs.
Fixed Spray Head – This sprays over the smaller areas, and the distance can also be adjusted.

For anyone who would love to have a green garden that is lush and beautiful all year long, you never have to be an expert in irrigation. These basics will help you to have incredible results.