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Types of Irrigation

Choosing an irrigation system may seem complicated, since there are so many types available.

Sprinkler systems are the most common style of irrigation in home landscapes. The sprinkler heads are installed throughout the landscape and are effective for irrigating lawns, but they can be inefficient when used to water other plants.

Microirrigation delivers water directly to a plant's root zone using drip or small spray heads. They use less water than sprinkler systems, but aren't recommended for lawns.

Soaker hoses are perforated hoses that soak the ground. Some experts suggest they be used only to help new plantings get established.

No matter what system you choose, remember to maintain it properly to help it work its best.


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