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Water is essential to the health of our lawns and gardens, and our irrigation system is what ensures our plants and flowers get the water they need to flourish. For southeastern Pennsylvania homeowners, the beauty of our seasons gives us plenty of opportunity to show off those lawns and gardens, so keeping them well-irrigated is an absolute must.

What is an irrigation system?

One of the most common types of irrigation systems is a sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems are made up of a controller, or computerized unit that controls when the sprinkler turns on and how long it stays on, valves that act like faucets to turn the water off and on, pipes to carry the water underground, and sprinkler heads to disburse the water.

How does the system distribute water effectively?

When you have an irrigation system installed, you’ll work with Modern Landscapes to do what is called “zoning” of your lawn. What this means is that you’ll divide your lawn and garden into sections according to how much water different areas need, and when. Once this is established, Modern Landscapes can program the controller in your sprinkler system to turn on and deliver the exact amount of water needed to each area of your lawn and garden, at exactly the time or times of day that the plants and flowers there need it.

How can an irrigation system can improve your lawn and garden?

Irrigation systems are programmed to distribute the right amount of water at the right time to the right places, which means you don’t have to guess whether or not you’re overwatering your flower garden. You also don’t have to stress about being away and your plants and flowers wilting in your absence. With an irrigation system, watering is accurate and automated, and once installed, you don’t have to worry about your beautiful landscaping getting the water it needs to grow and blossom.

How should I maintain my irrigation system?

Like most systems in your home, your irrigation system should be regularly inspected to make sure it is functioning properly and doing the job it’s meant to do. And, like most other things, if you catch a problem when it first starts out, you have a much better chance of correcting it with a simple fix than if you let it go and it becomes a bigger and more expensive problem. If you have your irrigation system checked every spring and winterized every fall, it can last as long as 20 years before needing to be replaced.


Have questions about installing an irrigation system in your outdoor space, or how to check the health of the one you’ve already got? Contact Modern Landscapes today!