As a sports coach, it is vitally important that the players and athletes can train and practice on a suitable pitch, one that is not only even but that is essentially completely covered with grass. The last thing you want is to see an athlete slip or fall because of a patchy field or pools of mud that has accumulated because of the weather.
Ensuring that the playing area is maintained and well looked after can be a mammoth and tedious task, not to mention the routine consistency needed to keep up with watering it, and this is when it is time to call in the professionals. Experts who know how best to look after large areas with minimal effort yet highly effective.
Talking about irrigation.
What does the word mean, where did it come from, and how has the process evolved over the years, all great questions, and ones we will look at.
In simple terms the word irrigation means giving plants the necessary or required amounts of water needed to survive at timed intervals, these are usually done on a timer setting attached to the system and is self-efficient to switching on and off.
The use of irrigation systems has increased in the last few decades due to less rainfall in certain rural areas or to aid crops or land patches where the rain was not consistent resulting in dry mounds.
The practice dates to around 1200 BC, an interesting fact file to read which you can see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irrigation and find out all about its rich history through the ages as well as how different cultures adapted it to suit their needs and how they tweaked it.
The idea of irrigation is to give the plants, fields, or crops as close to the exact amount needed as possible, neither too much nor too little.
Watering for your needs.
Finding the right system to set up can be tricky if you have no idea what to do, it could also end up costing you more than it needs to if you try to purchase all the various components by yourself that make up a system.
Speaking to an industry professional will not only save you financially, but they will have the expertise and knowledge to advise you on which size or design will best suit the area you need covering as well as the specific layout of the piping to maximize the efficiency of watering.
You want a company that has ideally been in business for a few years so that you have peace of mind in knowing they will have seen and designed plenty of variations to suit all needs and situations. They can maximize your space to get the most out of your chosen system and guide you with maintenance and initiating their routine checks.
To help get you started companies like Waterpro can be of great assistance, they can assist with your existing system and help make improvements or replacements for upgraded parts and methods or help design a new watering environment for your garden to optimize the space.
Either way, you can be sure you are in good hands, plus, with all the tools and equipment you need in one place, it is like Christmas for your garden.
There are a few key features to look for when getting help with your watering system, some more essential than others, and overall, the list of benefits of a well-maintained watering network is endless.
5 Advantages of a professional irrigation system.
We have all seen those football fields with immaculate blades mowed in patterns and designs we have no idea how they did it, but we will all certainly notice the lush greenery that fills the pitch from end to end.
For a player, this feels like dream, and for a coach, you get the satisfaction of seeing the accuracy of play from the team. Win-win.
- Automated. You do not need to do a thing, the sprinklers are set to activate at certain periods and for a determined length of time, you simply need to punch in those times and days into the device and Bobs your uncle. All the hassle and stress is eliminated by an automatic switch.
- Value. For clubs and stadiums, the value is not necessarily in the system that has been put in but surely adds value for utilities, it does however significantly add to the value of a home where the new owners only need to move in and reset the dial to their preferences. Thus, a great investment for the housing industry.
- Weeds. When water is given straight to the roots of the plants the chances of weed seeds germinating and spreading across the garden is significant if not completely reduced. And let us be honest, no one enjoys de-weeding the garden, am I right?
Plenty of people are looking to install an irrigation system into their properties and its popularity is increasing daily, some of their comments you’ll find in this link shows how they went about their process and choosing the right one for them.
- Regulated. A sprinkler system collects and stores the data of its watering levels and only lets out a determined amount thus preventing the soil from becoming water-logged. It is not only detrimental to the growth of the plant but too much water washes away and essentially dilutes the level of nutrients in the soil that the plants and grass need.
- Control. You are the leader, if you feel it has been a particularly hot summer then you can increase either the amount of water dispersed when the system turns on or the frequency in which it activates, both ways you have the last say, and control is at your fingertips.
The list could go on and for some, even the basics mentioned above have been a blessing, I know for our club it changed the way we approached the aesthetics of the field and boosted the morale of the players and coaches too. It changed our lives.