A well-maintained and up-to-date irrigation system ensures your landscape’s appealing lush green appearance. Everyone wants their landscape to be full of herbs, shrubs, different plants with colorful flowers, and big trees to provide shade and comfort. All these plants have different types of water needs and are to be fulfilled with a proper irrigation system.
Today we have different types of irrigation systems which efficiently and effectively provide water to the plants so that there is no wastage. Some of them are even automated and have a timer. In addition, irrigation repairs and maintenance make sure the problems are tackled before they become a major problem.
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Here are 5 signs that you need to study and take immediate action before it’s late:
1. Dripping sprinklers
If you see a part of your landscape extra wet or is getting muddy, then it’s definitely a leak in the sprinkler head or the pipe. A cracked pipe leads to wastage of water and will overwater the area and form puddles which are not good for plants, as well as the lawn, which will become squashy. Wastage leads to increased water bills. One needs to hire professionals if there is a major leak to improve efficiency.
2. Dry patches
While the damaged sprinkler head or a leak in it shows there is wastage of water, it also shows that the water sputtering area is less because the leak affects the pressure in the pipe. It usually takes time to notice the drier spots depending upon the weather conditions. It also takes time for the grass to turn brown, by then it will be too late. One can easily mark the range of the sprinklers at the beginning and observe whether or not it covers the radius with the same pressure as it used to earlier.
3. Higher water bills
If you see a rise in the water bills than usual, you need to see the usage of water in different areas of the house, the leakage in the irrigation system or excessive usage of water unnecessarily. There can be more modifications made to improve efficiency. In case you are using pressure hoses or sprinkler systems, there are chances that there may be wastage of water.
To tackle this, one should seek professional help. The professionals provide the service of installing the drip irrigation system, which is guided by pipes and there are small openings which can be altered according to the distance between trees, it constantly drips water just above the roots of the trees and plants which avoids wastage and constantly keeps the soil near the plants and trees moist enough.
4. Health of the plants and soil
This is one of the best ways to determine how the irrigation system is working. You can see if the trees are not green enough or the plants are dying, there is a layer of moss on the surface of the soil, and there are more weeds growing around the area. To tackle this, a team of experts can be hired and they will analyze the health of the landscape by looking at the color of the leaves, the strength of the branches, stem, and roots.
They identify weaker spots and the reason behind it is mostly an uneven distribution of water. The supply of water through irrigation systems should be maintained according to the weather conditions and types of plants. The quality of soil also determines that the soil isn’t getting enough water and nutrients. Excessive or lesser water supply can easily affect the plants and the professional will take proper care of that after a thorough analysis.
5. Frequent repairs occur within a short time
The older your irrigation system gets, the more maintenance it will require; the pumps, pipes, valves, and other parts start to clog or form a layer that reduces the water flow. Due to weather conditions, wearing out of the parts is also a common issue.
Some parts of the irrigation systems are at times underground and have to be checked with proper tools. This is why timely inspection and maintenance have to be done with the help of professionals who will help in landscape maintenance, and they carry all the tools and equipment, which makes it a lot easier and faster to complete the job.
Just like other electronic items, gadgets, tools, equipment the irrigation system requires regular maintenance, while few of the tasks might seem easy, it is better to seek professional help as soon as one reports an issue and get it fixed sooner so that it doesn’t cause more damage to the landscape.