5 Factors To Consider For Your Home Irrigation System

Have you had enough with carting around hoses and constantly moving around your portable sprinklers? Are you finding it impossible to keep up with those early morning waterings? Maybe you have been thinking about installing your own in ground irrigation system. What should you take into consideration before you get that new sprinkler system? Here are five things that you should know to help you get the right system for your property.

Soil Characteristics

The type of soil will play a large role in keeping those plants properly watered. A soil that is mostly clay will absorb and hold much more water than a sandy soil. The type of soil on your property will affect the type of irrigation system you choose and the run times for the system.

Physical Features

The topography of your property will also play a role in the type of irrigation system you choose. Lawns that are sloped and hilly will need to be watered differently than those that are flat to make sure that the lawn receives enough water but does not pool and collect. Also, locations and types of gardens will need to be considered as they may require different amounts of water than your lawn. This may require you to set up multiple zones so that watering can be done at different times for different areas.


Where you live will play a role in the sprinkler system you choose. For example, if you live in a location that is subject to high winds you may want to favour drip irrigation systems instead of sprinklers so that your lawn actually gets the water delivered by your irrigation system instead of losing it to the wind. You may also want to consider an irrigation system that is equipped with a rain gauge and adjusts the amount of water it distributes based on rainfall.

Vegetation Types

Watering your lawn will require a different amount of water than your vegetable or flower gardens. You may need to divide your yard into zones in order to make sure that the amount of water your system is delivering is appropriate. Also, some plants may do better if watered through a drip irrigation system and some may prefer an overhead sprinkler system. Knowing this may help you lay out the locations of sprinklers to prevent larger plants from blocking the water from getting to the smaller ones.

Water Quality

The chemicals and minerals in your water can also affect the irrigation system you choose. Will your irrigation system require filtration or not? Municipal water may be fine, but it is good to be aware of the quality of the water that will be running through your irrigation system.

It can be overwhelming when all of the different options are considered. Our experts at Nutri-Lawn Burlington Irrigation are here to help you choose and install the perfect system for your yard and gardens. For more information on how our systems can help you, contact us today!