Residential Water and Irrigation
Irrigation for your home's outdoor environment improves the quality of your living by helping to create an inviting space for your family to relax and enjoy.
Great landscape needs great irrigation, by planning what you need to support your significant investment in garden plants and lawn you will ensure outstanding results and allow your plants to to flourish.
Home Irrigation Design
Irrigation around your home does not need to be complicated. If you're building a new home the time to start planning is in the initial design stages in conjunction with your builder and landscaper. This allows you to plan where pipelines, tanks, external power points and water will be.
Another important consideration is the available water source, including flow and pressure measurements. This is key as flow and pressure impact irrigation design. If there is insufficient flow and pressure the irrigation system may not deliver the quantity of water to maintain plant growth and you could end up with dead patches in your lawn or a poorly performing garden. If the pressure's too high, measures can be taken to reduce both. Efficient irrigation systems are designed to work within a range of different flow and pressure rates.
Speak to your local Think Water store as they can assist you in determining these important parameters and will be able to lend you some equipment and explain the steps required to get these initial measurements. It's not always as simple as connecting to a tap! And don't forget to bring in your landscaping plans!
If your home is already built, your local Think Water store can draw you up a simple design. They can use Google Earth to get some idea of the size and features of your outdoor area, however it's best to bring in a rough outline of your home's garden and lawn layout.
Home Irrigation Products
As far as product options are concerned, it will depend on your garden and lawn areas and what best suits your environment, there are plenty of options! A typical Think Water store will have over 5000 line items just for irrigation and pumping.
Think Water supplies a wide range of lawn sprinkler bodies from Hunter, Rain Bird and Toro. These sprinkler bodies can be matched with the latest in sprinkler technology, such as Hunter's MP Rotators which are water efficient and wind resistant. Hunter sprinklers are adjustable, so they suit smaller lawn areas as well. More details on the range of Hunter products can be found by clicking on the Hunter Preferred Supplier Page link.
Home Drip Irrigation
Other irrigation options to consider for your home include the use of landscape drip products from Netafim. Drip irrigation is very water efficient. Typically, a drip tube is buried under mulch so you don't even see it and this makes it a bit more dog-proof compared with above ground garden sprinklers, although with some hounds nothing is safe!
While drip is easy to set up it needs to be laid correctly and in sufficient quantity to allow water coverage of your garden. One tip is make sure your drip tubes aren't placed too far apart to be effective. Check with your local store for details and use good quality fittings. Ask for stainless steel clamps such as Hippo clamps from Toro to join your tubes. Quick, easy, and will last a long long time unlike some of the cheaper plastic clamps.
With drip systems you don't need to run the system for long, it's not like a lawn sprinkler. Talk to your local Think Water store to find out the optimum time to run your system and set it up with an automatic timer, such as the battery operated Hunter Node.
For more information, download the Netafim PDF: Netafim Drip For Your Home
Controllers and Sensors
There are many available options for controlling your irrigation system, depending on the number of "zones" you have. Zones are areas that are isolated allowing for more efficient use of water flow and pressure, and access to power and functionality.
Control systems can be WiFi or Bluetooth enabled, so you can operate your system from just about anywhere including your local cafe!
Controllers can also be linked to sensors, such as soil moisture probes and rain fall sensors to ensure your system does not over-water.
You may wish to DIY your own system in which case your local Think Water store can give you advice on the best way to go about installing it. You can also check out some tricks of the trade
If on the other hand you would like your system professionally installed, this can be arranged either through Think Water or a local contractor who works with us. They can go through the installation costs involved with you and have the equipment, know-how and experience to get the job done and are happy to work with your landscapers and builders.