Sprinklers vs Irrigation Systems

Sprinkler system

Watering your plants is important to you, and we understand that you only want the best for your greenery. Unless you’ve got monster energy and lots of time to spare, you’re likely looking for an effective way to water your plants.

Maybe you are considering sprinkler systems and irrigation systems. But which one would be best for you? Let’s find out more about these systems so you can decide!

Sprinklers vs Irrigation Systems

These two systems were designed to water thirsty plants, but they do it in different ways. Sprinklers water on the surface and lets water filter through the soil to the plants’ root systems. Irrigation systems water much closer to the roots, so the water reaches the plants’ roots a bit faster.

Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each of these systems.

Pros and Cons of Sprinkler Systems

Affordable and Simple

Sprinkler systems are easy to use, and they’re quite affordable as well. You simply have to set up the sprinkler and let it do its work.

Can Water Large Areas

You can cover large areas of land with sprinkler systems, and rain-bird systems can cover an amazing distance. Small properties will only need one small sprinkler for all the watering needs.

Contributes to Water Waste

However, sprinkler systems can waste a lot of water because of evaporation. You can lose up to 80% of the water you use, unfortunately.

Doesn’t Penetrate Soil Very Deeply

Sprinkler systems are sadly not able to reach great depth while watering. The focus of these systems is on spreading water over large distances, not deep into the ground.

Increases the Risk of Invasive Weeds

Because such large surfaces are covered in water, the risk of invasive weeds growing is increased.

Increases Risk of Plant Diseases

Sprinkler systems soak plants and that can lead to bacterial and fungal diseases, which can also attract pests to your garden.

Pros and Cons of Irrigation Systems

Conserves Water

You save a lot of water with irrigation systems and they target the soil, giving your plants water exactly where they really need it.

Reduces Invasive Weeds’ Growth

Because irrigation systems water your plants directly, the soil around the plants is kept dry and the growth of weeds is deterred.

Boost Plant Health

Since these systems release water gradually and slowly and it seeps into the soil, your plants can find the water they need when they need it.

Minimizes Risk of Plant Diseases

Irrigation systems give water to the base of your plants and there are no pools of water to be found. Thanks to this, the risk of plant diseases is lowered significantly.

Requires Time and Energy Investment

Unfortunately, installing irrigation systems takes a lot more effort and time than simple sprinkler systems. They can also cost a lot more to install and set up.

Requires Storage

Once the season has ended, you will have to clear out your irrigation system and pack it away until the next season. That means you’ll need proper storage space.

Reach Out To a Trusted Plumbing Company in Sacramento

Our team has many years of experience (four decades, to be precise), and we would love to provide guidance and assistance in your irrigation journey.Contact Call Ace Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning for Sprinkler and Irrigation Services today!