How do I Choose the Best Watering System?

Erin J. Hill

Whether it’s a garden, lawn, or other outdoor plant life, choosing the best watering system is important to ensure that plants stay green and thriving all season long. There are many watering options available, and it’s a good idea to do a bit of research before making a purchase to ensure that the system is worth the investment.

Greenhouses typically have watering systems.
Greenhouses typically have watering systems.

A common type of watering system is a standard sprinkler system that comes on at specific times during the day. These are handy for those who are away from home much of the time and do not have the time for manual watering. Sprinkler watering systems are typically installed by sprinkler and irrigation professionals, and thereby, are often costly in comparison to watering by hand with a standard watering hose. These systems are often limited also, and may not reach every plant that needs watering if there are more than a few.

Overwatering a lawn can be just as detrimental as not watering it enough.
Overwatering a lawn can be just as detrimental as not watering it enough.

An irrigation watering system involves a system of pipes running from the water source to the plants that need to be watered. This type of system also often involves professional installation, as well as involving a pricey water bill each month. For some, however, the investment may be worth the cost if there are many plants that need to be watered at multiple times throughout the day.

To choose the best watering system, the first place to start is with family or friends who have used similar systems. They will be able to give referrals to legitimate companies for the installation work, as well as discuss the pros and cons of each system. Those within your inner circle are also more inclined to honestly give opinions regarding shoddy work than someone who is an employee of a company and is bound by work ethics.

Another way to find the best watering system is to speak with someone at a local hardware or home improvement store. Many of these employees are trained in the products they carry and may be of some assistance in choosing one that is of the quality needed. They may also offer home installation at lower prices than specialists since the system is being bought at that particular store; or someone who works in house may be able to recommend resources or give instructions for a do it yourself install.

Additionally, installation professionals themselves will be highly skilled and knowledgeable about the different watering systems available and what each variety is commonly used for. They will generally be able to provide various options for the desired purpose of the system, as well as price quotes on both product and installation.

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