Installing a Landscape Irrigation System

irrigationIrrigation is best known as the artificial application of water to land or soil. It's typically used to help grow agricultural crops and re-vegetating soils in dry areas. Though, most people recognize irrigation systems as an efficient means of maintaining landscapes while saving money on their water bill.

The Benefits of Landscape Irrigation

Have you ever seen sprinklers and other water dispersing systems installed around a front or backyard? If you have, you've likely encountered some type of landscape irrigation system. People use landscape irrigation systems to disperse water on and around their yards, mainly for the purpose of keeping shrubbery, grass and flowers green and healthy.

It also saves both time and water. Installing a landscape irrigation system eliminates the need to lug multiple hoses around your front and backyards to make sure every shrub, flower and patch of grass gets watered. Aside from saving homeowners’ time and energy, landscape irrigation systems also provide substantial savings in water usage, which of course also translates to saving money on your water bill.

During dry periods in drought-prone areas like Austin, landscape watering can account for to to 3/4 of total household water usage.

Licensed Irrigation Specialists in Austin

At Greenscapes Landscaping & Pools, we believe that landscaping should not only be beautiful, but easy to maintain as well. Your landscape design should be something you enjoy – not a source of stress. To help make your property looks stunning year-round (without breaking the bank), we utilize the most advanced irrigation technology available.

Our Austin licensed irrigation specialists help ensure your landscape and irrigation system is properly installed and working at maximum efficiency. A correctly installed and maintained landscape irrigation system can help you save thousands of gallons of excess outdoor water use annually while maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape.

Types of Landscape Irrigation

A landscape irrigation system is basically a water dispersing system that ensures water is distributed regularly and evenly throughout lawns gardens and custom landscapes.

Irrigation system types are varied based on factors like lawn size, geographic location, environmental regulations and underground utilities. The type of plant life involved such as trees, vegetables, flowers and even the type of grass will also influence the type of irrigation system that is required.


Micro-irrigation systems disperse water directly to plant roots, typically using as much water as needed to satiate the plants. This method utilizes a network of pipes, valves, tubing and emitters to allow water to drip slowly to the roots of plants. This system is usually best for watering smaller fruit trees, shrubs and ground cover rather than lawns and other forms of turf.

Since the tubing used in this type of irrigation system sits above ground, it is important to ensure proper measures are taken to protect it against potentially damaging elements such as excessive dirt, freezing or even vandalism. This type of irrigation system is also referred to as drip irrigation, trickle irrigation or localized irrigation.

Flood System

This irrigation system floods the entire ground instead of spraying greenery. It comes in the form of a bed sprayer, bubbler or a jet system. The flood irrigation system isn't suitable for plants like fruit trees, ground covers or flowers, since they're prone to attracting mold and disease if over-watered. Environments with adobe or clay soil thrive under a flood irrigation system.

Flood irrigation systems do use more water. If you do choose to install one, make sure your land is flat, allowing the water to flow evenly over the entire environment without wasting any.

Rotary Sprinkler

The rotary sprinkler consists of a rotary spray head that rotates in a circular pattern. As it rotates, it sprays as much as 100 feet (30.5 meters) across an area. Turfs and landscapes benefit the most from this water irrigation system. High water pressure is required to make this system work well.

Spray Irrigation System

Spray irrigation is probably the most commonly used landscape irrigation system. It's essentially an adjustable, traditional sprinkler that sprays water over a single area. Many sprinklers cover as much as 15 feet (4.6 meters), so they're best in smaller areas with a consistent shape. They also work well under lower water pressure.

Since they're not the most precise irrigation system, they do waste more water than other types of systems. The sprinkler head may also need regular replacement if the water contains a lot of minerals.