You have invested so much time and money into your landscape enhancement. Don't forget one important factor that protect your investment and help provide years of enjoyment.
Great landscaping isn't worth much unless it's maintained. And what keeps your outdoor areas green and healthy? Water, of course. If you don't have the time to do it yourself or money to hire someone else to do it, an irrigation system is ideal.
Irrigation isn't the only way to incorporate water in your landscaping. Water features like a fountain or koi pond add beauty and a sense of serenity while increasing your home's value.
•·Water for maintenance. Savvy DIYers can install slow-drip systems that offer full control and water plants in a slow, concise manner. Homeowners interested in more elaborate sprinkler system will need professional installation.
•·Water for aesthetics. Aside from the obvious choices, like a water fountain or pool, homeowners are integrating water in interesting ways.
Unless you're a long-time DIYer, don't attempt to install an irrigation system yourself. You can end up doing more damage than good.
•·On a Budget: Unfortunately, an irrigation system is one of those things that requires some kind of investment. If you're on a tight budget, you'll save more dough by rolling up your sleeves, grabbing the garden hose and watering your lawn yourself.
•·Mid-Range: Thanks to new technology, costs have come down on irrigation systems. Look for inexpensive pre-packaged units that can easily be installed.
•·High-End: Work with a landscape architect to install an irrigation system that meets your needs. When it comes to water features, you're only limited by your budget and imagination. Whether it's a pool, water garden or fish pond, choose elements that match your home and reflect your style.
One more tip--choose trees and shrubs that don't require a great deal of water. This will help to conserve our greatest natural resource, and you will not have to replant after the drought years.