Our property measures 55’ X 175’, and believe it or not, I only have a very small area of grass (10’ X 20’), located in the front of our house. The remainder of the gardening area are beds of annuals, perennials, a vegetable garden and a fish pond.
My objective was to have a maintenance free watering system. So, we installed a Sprinkler Irrigation System, dividing the property into 6 watering zones. Very easy, all controlled by a time clock.
For the first two years it worked great. As you can see from the picture, with good fertilization, mulching and some good luck, everything really grew. I had to add more watering time to maintain the coverage. This had its problems: cost of water was getting out of hand!
We modified the Sprayer System to a Drip Irrigation System.
The drip irrigation tubing has holes every 12 inches (depending on the system purchased). So, instead of water being spread everywhere, water is now directed at the base of the plants, where the roots are.
Add a little mulch and away you go. Mulch keeps the moisture in the soil.
The results have been terrific, the growth has been phenomenal. The length of my watering time has been reduced, guess what happened to my water bill?