Should I Install a Landscape Irrigation System? | High Prairie

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    Every Kansas City resident knows that our summers are hot, wet, and perfect weather to camp out at the beach and eat as much watermelon as we desire. But what about our plants? They can’t exactly uproot themselves and take a drive down to the water when it gets hot. You can count on the rain in June to help them along, but what about the other 11 months of the year? Don’t take chances with your home’s garden that you’ve worked hard on to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. The last thing you want is a dry spell to kill off the plants you love so much, so consider looking into getting a landscape irrigation system. Before taking the plunge, here are a few signs to look for that’ll tell you if your yard needs an irrigation system or not.

    You Want To Save Water But Still Feed Your Plants

    If you’re a homeowner with lots of greenery it can be wasteful to do it all by hand or by a hose. Sure, going around to your flowers and plants makes perfect sense to do by hand since there are not that many of them, but if you want to water your grass as well you may find that you’re overwatering and wasting precious water.

    An irrigation system is a great way to keep track of how much water you’re using. It’ll stop you from wasting it, help you save money, and keep your yard looking green and well-fed.

    You Need A Watering Schedule

    Contrary to popular belief, watering plants is a practice that requires a schedule. Sure, it’s not as regimented as getting up for work every day or feeding your pet at the same time (because they always expect it at the same time), but it does require a timeline.

    Experts say that plants best absorb water in the morning hours, so if you can’t find time to do it before you leave for work an irrigation system could help. Even more, plants grow best if they’re watered deeply but infrequently. And while that may be a lot more thought and schedule planning than you initially planned putting into your water, a landscaping irrigation system can take care of it all for you.

    You’re Looking To Sell Your Home Soon

    Whether you’re thinking ahead to increase your property value, or you’re moving soon and want to start adding features homeowners will appreciate now, a landscape irrigation system is a great way to do just that.

    If you have a big property with lots of greenery, a lot of potential buyers might see that as a drawback since they’d be responsible for maintaining it. Especially if the buyers are older or have mobility issues, a large beautiful lot may look like something to them that they can’t maintain. Luckily, they don’t have to worry with a quality irrigation system, since the watering is taken care of with only a press of a button.

    The Weather Has Been Unpredictable

    Your plants dying from unpredictable weather patterns is a big concern especially if you’re living in a temperate zone or the weather hasn’t been behaving as you’ve been expecting it to. We can’t control the weather, but we can control how well we respond to it.

    Don’t let unplanned droughts, heatwaves, storms, or tornadoes wreak havoc on all your landscaping. Take initiative and install an irrigation system. It will help get your watering back on track and your plants back to health without you having to bend over backward to do so.

    You’ve Got Plants That Require Special Watering Conditions

    What a lot of gardeners don’t realize is that even though they’re dutifully trekking out into their gardens with their watering cans, they may not be watering plants the ideal way. Most plants have a particular way they like to be watered, and irrigation systems can help homeowners give them just that.

    Micro-irrigation is best for shrubbery and fruit trees because it gives water directly to these thirsty plant’s roots. A flood system style of irrigation works well on flat land is best for ground cover plants, roses, and trees since this system doesn’t generally overwater them. A rotary sprinkler works best for turf and grass since this system sprays everything in a circular radius and is good for covering a lot of flat land easily.

    Here are just a few reasons for you to look into investing in an irrigation system. Remember, at the end of the day it’s all about making sure your plants are well taken care of and your lawn looks great. And a landscape irrigation system is a great way to do just that.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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