Irrigation is an integral consideration of landscape design for the purposes of keeping your landscape thriving with as little water as needed. Different portions of your landscape may require more water, such as sunny and breezy areas. The two types of irrigation system typically used in landscape design are sprinkler systems and drip systems or any combination of the two that delivers and adequate amount of moisture to each plant without wasting water.
Commonly employed in home landscaping, the sprinkler landscape irrigation system comes in the hose attachment form and the automated system. The sprinkler attachment for the end of a garden hose is a simple and fast way to water landscapes, but does have the disadvantage of uneven watering so some parts of the lawn are soaked while others are under-watered. Daylight also has to be measured in conjunction with the constant task of shifting around the sprinkler. The sun must dry off drips so that mold spores do not take over before nightfall, so finish the watering before twilight. The permanent underground landscape irrigation system can be automated and set on a timer to reduce water waste. Equipped with PVC piping laid underground and a series of sprinkler heads, this automated form is becoming ever more popular for homeowners that do not wish to monitor timing and sprinkler shifting.
The drip landscape irrigation system, on the other hand, uses a network of pipes to administer a low pressure water flow directly to the soil around landscape plants. This irrigation is rather efficient as it doe not loose water through evaporation and keeps the plant from becoming soaked. The drip irrigation system is often covered over with mulch to conceal the piping and further protect against evaporation.