How to Choose The Best Irrigation System for Your Garden

Andrew Little

September 1, 2021


Are you tired of replacing dead plants?  Is watering the garden another job on an already long list of things to do around the home? Are you having troubles with an ineffective, outdated irrigation system?

Many homeowners have gardens full of plants not native to Melbourne.  These plants have not acclimatized to our environment so they will struggle and eventually die if we don’t step in to provide them with the watering and hydration they need.  

The average Melbournian family barely has time to clean the house let alone stand outside in the garden hosing down all their plants.  For this reason, a garden landscape should have an automated irrigation system that’s set-and-forget.

But how do you choose the right irrigation system for you garden?

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How to choose the best irrigation for a Melbourne garden

An irrigation system is a vital component to any low maintenance garden.  Even for those gardens that are established in a well thought out design of native plants.  There will still be those hot days in the summer where the plants and lawn will require watering to maintain the lovely aesthetic of a thriving garden.  

Irrigation systems are most commonly seen in dripline or sprinkler heads. Here’s how to select the right one for your environment.

Sprinkler Irrigation Systems 

These systems replicate natural rainfall which plants tend to prefer this type of watering.  However if not installed correctly these systems can produce more water waste, promote additional weed growth and increase the chance of fungal disease if frequently sprayed later in the day. 

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Micro spray’s set up on a riser or staked close to ground are the most ideal set up most most garden beds.  This variety of irrigation can require some regular maintenance as the irrigation heads get blocked with dirt or insects over time.  It is relatively simple to unblock the heads however it is one more thing to keep an eye on with our already full and busy lives.  

Dripline Irrigation System

Dripline irrigation is extremely low maintenance as there are fewer parts required.  This form of irrigation works by laying out 13mm polypipe in order to cover all planting garden beds.  

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The pipe has small holes every 200mm which allows for slow release drips to be dispersed whilst there is water pressure in the pipe.  Dripline is effective in that the pipe lays directly on top of the soil so that the water can seep directly into the subsoil and root system. 

If you’re looking to save time and reduce your landscaping budget then this is the best choice for you.  Dripline is easy to install and a good DIY job.  However if you don’t have the time, we’d love to help you out with this.

We provide irrigation installation service, quoted according to your needs and budget. If you want some help, then get in touch here or give us a call on 9013 6588.