sprinkler systems can save a lot of water, which is always a consideration these days, where the droughts seem to come more often, and especially in the western states water is not a given.
But to a true yard enthusiast and horticulturalist, the real advantage of a sprinkler system
is not water savings - that is just a very nice side effect. The true advantage to an automated system is that it ensures the health of your plants, thus maximizing the beauty of your yard, and ensuring that your hard work has not gone in vain.
The goal of a sprinkler system is not just spraying water all over the place - it is delivering the exact amount of water that the plants and growth areas in your yard get the optimum amount of water for health of the plants within that area.
This includes grassy areas, flower gardens, sun gardens, bushes and hedge grasses and of course fruit and vegetable gardens. Part of designing your greenspaces does include water considerations, of course. Pick varieties of flowers, vegetables and grasses that are local or that are drought resistant if you live in an area where the bulk of your water will come from your sprinkler system. If you live in a high rainfall area, different design considerations will take primacy.
The point, whether water conservation is important or not, is to implement a landscape design and a water sprinkler system which are built to complement each other. This will mean different control features and different types of water disbursement. For instance, for a typical household vegetable and fruit garden, drip irrigation is an excellent choice. For large grassy areas, the classic spray pattern heads are among the most effective. For flower gardens, bushes and ornamental grasses, a combination of techniques may be called for.
Building small areas within your yardscape is an excellent way to increase perceived space. Think in the long term, and plant future shade or fruit trees with care. If you don't have any shade trees yet, establish a shade and sun garden with stone pathways, and local and drought resistant plants, including cacti and ferns for the shady areas. Establish your shade with trellis overgrown with English Ivy or some other drought resistant climber.
In the same way, picking garden crops and using a modern sprinkler system with multiple controls will allow you to establish a watering regime that can only be dreamed of by larger, commercial farmers. Using different watering heads (e.g., spray heads, drip irrigation, etc.) with multiple points of control, and timing the water delivery for optimum efficiency and health of the plant is possible, and can make a huge difference in the health and beauty of your yard.
With modern control systems, it easy to establish a sprinkler system that can accomplish the different watering needs that your yard may demand, Plant with beauty, ease and relaxation in mind, and find a sprinkler system contractor
that can help your yard visions become reality.