Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I install an automated irrigation system?
Most people find that automated systems are very convenient. They save time, eliminate over-watering, automatically shut off when it rains, and reduce your water usage. All of these things combine to increase the value and appearance of your home.
Should I get a system that delivers water quickly or slowly?
This depends on the type of soil you have in your landscape. Runoff is caused when the soil cannot absorb water quickly enough. The best plan is to match your system’s application rate with your soil’s absorption rate. If you need help determining your soil type, the friendly, professional staff at Hydro-Scape will be glad to help you.
What are the different types of sprinkler heads?
This type of sprinkler produces a tight, constant fan of water that is perfect for small lawns, shrubs and groundcover areas. There are models that pop up above your lawn and retract when the system is off. Shrub sprays are typically positioned above the foliage to water groundcover and shrubs.
These irrigation heads soak the soil without wetting the leaves of your plants. They’re best for tree wells, planters and shrubs.
If you have small planter beds and shrub areas, stream bubblers are the most efficient means of watering them. You can get stream bubblers in a variety of patterns.
Gear-driven, single-stream rotary sprinklers
This type of irrigation head provides the most efficient coverage for large lawns. Some models come with an arc adjustment for use in placing them in corners. Similar to fixed-spray sprinklers, these pop-up when in use and retract when the system is off.
Gear-driven, multi-stream rotary sprinklers
This sprinkler type produces multiple thin, attractive streams that slowly rotate providing proper coverage and penetration for medium-sized lawns and shrub areas. Pop-up multi-stream lawn and shrub sprinklers work well for lawns and ground covers, especially those on sloped areas.
How Deep into the Soil Should Water Penetrate?
Ideally, water should reach to the depth of the roots, also known as filling the root zone or, alternatively, to the depth you’d like your roots to grow. Typically, this is at least 6 inches and the best time for the next watering is when about one half of that water is used through evaporative transpiration. More water loss than this could result in plant stress.
What Happens If I Don’t Water My Lawn Enough?
Your lawn will enter plant stress which will make it week and susceptible to insect damage, physical damage and disease.
What Happens If I Over-Water My Lawn?
Your lawn will suffer more from over-watering than from under watering. Vital nutrients will be flushed away, increasing your fertilizer requirements. Oxygen is also displaced from the soil causing shallow roots and making your lawn more prone to disease and weed infestation.
What Happens to Grass in a Drought?
In such an extreme situation, your lawn will first enter dormancy; it may have a bluish color if it’s gone dormant. Next, if the water in the soil is fully depleted, most cool-season grasses will die. Warm-season grasses, such as Bermudas, will most likely recover; however, the quality of the grass will not recover.