Joe Swett
By Published On: July 23rd, 2017Comments Off on Important Facts When Choosing an Irrigation System17.4 min read

Important Facts When Choosing an Irrigation System

The manner in which your Tampa landscaping, garden, lawn or other space is watered matters a great deal. Any old watering system will not suffice. It is imperative that your Palm Harbor property receive a timely and even flow of water that promotes growth and sustainability. Anything less will diminish the health and appearance of your lawn, landscaping or garden.


Our irrigation systems experts are here to help you figure out exactly which watering method is ideal for your Clearwater, Tampa or Palm Harbor property. Lean on our team to keep your property in perfect condition and you will be blown away by the resulting beauty, health, and vitality of your greenery. Let’s take a look at what Tampa property owners should consider when choosing irrigation systems.


Watering Options


When it comes to watering, there are a number of different methods. Some include watering gardens or landscapes by hand. Others use misters. Some require self-watering planters. Sprinklers are quite popular in Tampa. Drip lines are especially efficient.


Each of the irrigation methods listed above has strengths and weaknesses. Though watering by hand allows for control over the water application process and connects you to your land, it is not a reasonable solution. Watering by hand takes too much time. Furthermore, it is dependent on you to water your land on a specific schedule without exception. This is precisely why most Clearwater property owners opt for an automated method when choosing irrigation systems. Automation is much more efficient than other watering methods.


Self-watering planters will certainly decrease the rate at which the plants and other greenery must be watered by hand. Yet this watering method still mandates manual action. We are living in the golden era of automation in which devoting one’s time, energy and attention to repetitive tasks like watering landscaping are unnecessary.


Sprinklers and misters are superior to manual watering systems yet they sometimes prove wasteful. Some Tampa property owners dislike sprinklers due to their obtrusive appearance. A hose that runs across your Tampa property isn’t the most visually attractive addition.


Misters are efficient until the Clearwater winds pick up. They don’t work that well when guests move through the area. In the end, a drip line is an ideal option when it comes to choosing irrigation systems for Tampa, Clearwater, and Palm Harbor properties.


Why so Many Tampa Property Owners Water Their Property with a Drip Line


There are two styles of drip lines: surface and subsurface. Each works quite well yet many Clearwater and Tampa property owners select the subsurface variety as it is less visually obtrusive. This style of watering system connects directly to water hoses. The setup process is not elaborate. All that is required is the threading of valves with pipes.


There are numerous brands that sell drip line irrigation systems. The best are highly flexible, provide superior durability and an even water distribution. Some are even equipped with special shielding technology that stops roots from extending into the areas where water is emitted.


Though certain components are needed to install and use a drip line, many such irrigation systems provide these parts in kits. Examples of these components include valves, adapters, pressure regulators, filters and elbow joints. We advise using a low flow pressure regulator as standard flow rates generate ample water to irrigate the typical yards in Tampa, Clearwater and Palm Harbor.

About the Author: Joe Swett

Former U.S. Coast Guard and Tampa-native Joseph Swett is the owner of Sunrise Irrigation, a Palm Harbor-based company that has been providing sprinkler and irrigation services in the Tampa Bay Area, Florida, for more than 20 years. A RainBird-trained landscape specialist, Mr. Swett is dedicated to helping Florida homes and businesses implement effective irrigation technologies and transition towards smart water conservation. In his spare time, Joe sponsors and plays in two men’s softball leagues, but also enjoys surfing and going fishing with his family.


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