Many homeowners want their gardens and lawns to look their best without wasting water or breaking the bank. Hence, proper sprinkler zoning is vital to maintain a lush lawn and minimal water bills. At Chuck’s Landscaping, we believe setting up specific zones for your grass, vegetables, and flowers can ensure each area of your yard receives the right amount of water. We recommend consulting a professional landscape company to learn how to set sprinkler zones. Here’s how to set zones on your sprinkler system and enhance watering efficiency.
Determine Maximum Water Pressure
Determining your sprinkler system’s maximum water pressure is the first step towards efficient watering. You can find this information on the side of your home’s main shut-off valve. Many homeowners with basic knowledge of irrigation systems can pinpoint this information by themselves. However, a professional sprinkler technician can tell you the maximum water pressure to ease the process.
Determine the Maximum Flow Rate
Additionally, it would help if you found out the maximum flow rate for your irrigation system. Sprinklers vary in many aspects, and you’ll have to check the manual or consult a reputable landscaping professional for this information. Although the internet can provide helpful information, the manufacturer’s manual is specific to the make and model of your system, eliminating guesswork and uncertainty.
Map Out Grassy Zones
Once you know your sprinkler system’s maximum water pressure and flow rate, map out grassy zones. This is achieved by drawing a rough outline of your premises on paper and using different colors to mark the grassiest areas. Ensure the rough copy is legible and shows the distinction between the various greenery on your property.
Map Out Vegetable/Flower Zones
As mentioned, map out your entire premises showing the plants growing in your backyard. Besides grassy zones, map out areas in your yard dedicated to vegetables and flowers, also called the “vegetable/lower” zones. Use a different color from the grassy zones to show the distinction and eliminate confusion. Mapping out various zones on your premises can be time-consuming and challenging. Still, it goes a long way in guaranteeing efficiency.
How Many Sprinklers Heads Per Zone?
After mapping out all your zones, consider the number of sprinkler heads required for each zone. We recommend one or two sprinkler heads for small areas, but larger areas require more, and you may need different types of sprinkler heads. This is particularly important in areas with varying water situations, as it helps minimize the risk of under and overwatering. Our irrigation technicians can help you determine the number of sprinkler heads per zone without compromising curb appeal or plant health.
Setting up zones for sprinkler heads can be daunting and time-consuming, especially if you need more knowledge and skills. You can leave the heavy lifting to a professional landscaper, guaranteeing precision and quality throughout the project. Contact us at Chuck’s Landscaping and schedule a consultation with our expert technicians. We offer unmatched irrigation services at competitive rates.