With over 29 years of experience, Alpine Irrigation Inc. specializes in building the right type of irrigation systems for our customers. We like to inform our customers on what an irrigation system is, the factors involved in selecting the right irrigation system, and explaining how that system works so they can make an educated decision with what works best for them. Below is some basic information to get started.
Landscape irrigation is a watering system that is used to create and maintain lawns, gardens, and custom landscapes. The primary function of a landscape irrigation system is to ensure that water is spread regularly and evenly throughout any given landscape. With Colorado’s dry climate, lawn irrigation is required almost daily. We can help create a basic or high-tech irrigation system to your specification and distribute the right amount of water in the right places for optimum lawn care.
We analyze your landscape and recommend the optimum type of irrigation design and system depend on a number of factors:
- size of your lawn or garden
- geographical location
- underground utilities
- environmental regulations
- plant life involved (e.g. flowers, trees, vegetables, type of grass)
There are four basic types of irrigation systems that can work together to meet all of your needs. These systems include drip systems, mobile systems, overhead systems, and underground lawn irrigation systems.
Drip systems are commonly used for flower and vegetable gardens. Drip irrigation systems are considered cost-effective and an environmentally friendly alternative to sprinkler systems that tend to use more than twice the amount of water to maintain a garden or other landscape.
Mobile systems are the preferred system for lawn irrigation, and are also suitable for flower and vegetable gardens. This type of garden irrigation system utilizes standard garden hoses and consumer-grade sprinklers. Mobile systems should be moved and reconstructed periodically, which can present a problem for time-conscious individuals.
Overhead landscape irrigation is ideal for flower and vegetable gardens, but it is not practical for most lawn irrigation. One of the benefits of overhead irrigation is it does not affect the appearance of landscaping, meaning that trenches do not have to be created and the equipment isn’t protruding from the earth. Inexpensive tubing and piping is installed overhead, and the system is placed on a timer.
One of the most popular systems for landscape irrigation is the underground irrigation system. This type of system consists of pop-up sprinkler heads and automatic timers making this one of the best — and most expensive — systems for lawns, flower gardens, and vegetable gardens, both big and small. With a few minor adjustments, an “underground” irrigation system can also become an “environmentally friendly” irrigation system. When water is applied close the the roots of plants, it goes directly where it’s needed and less is lost to evaporation.