Categories for Irrigation Design

What Are the 4 Methods of Irrigation (And Why Should You Care)?

April 8, 2022 8:10 pm Published by

We’ve recently talked about the value proper irrigation design brings to a landscape and the importance of hiring a Certified Irrigation Designer. But today, we’re going to dive into a little more detail on irrigation itself. Did you know that there are actually four main methods of irrigation? Each has a time and place in which it is ideal, and a CID will be able to make the perfect choice. Still, it can be helpful for you to have a good idea of which would work best for your commercial landscape as you begin discussions with the pros. Let’s talk about them!  #1 Furrow, the Farmer’s Choice of Methods of Irrigation We’re starting with this one because it probably isn’t what you would use for a commercial landscape, so we might as well get it out of the way. Furrow is one of the primary methods of irrigation, but it’s really just suited to farming. As an article from University of Missouri explains it, “Furrows are made with a hipper that forms parallel beds, and are usually spaced 30 or 38 inches apart. Water flows from a pump to furrows in lay-flat plastic pipes.”   It’s a brilliant approach for cultivating […]

The Value of Proper Irrigation Design (For Your Pocketbook and the Planet)

March 7, 2022 9:51 pm Published by

When we talk about landscape architecture, one of the most important factors to consider is irrigation. Why? Well, plants need water! And while they do get this naturally from rainfall, a proper irrigation design will make the most of that rainfall and other sources of hydration. That can save you money, improve the conditions of the environment, keep people in the landscape safe, and help the planet. It’s no small list! So, let’s discuss the value of proper irrigation design in a little more detail.   Irrigation Keeps Plants Healthy (And Looking Like It) This is probably the most obvious benefit of proper irrigation design, but it is inarguably key! What is the point of pouring time and money into a landscape design that ends up looking wilted or brown? If you don’t invest in a proper irrigation design (via Certified Irrigation Designers; more on that here), this could happen!  The volume of rainfall your landscape experiences can vary based on a plethora of elements. For example, if you have a large amount of tree cover, the plants and grasses below might get less water. But when you have an irrigation system that enables you to direct more water to them, […]

How Do Bodies of Water Create Microclimates? 

February 8, 2022 8:43 pm Published by

We posted recently about the role of microclimates in commercial landscape architecture, but did you know that bodies of water create microclimates? In fact, they have a major influence on the way a landscape organically functions. Today, we’re going to cover the ins and outs of how it happens, so you can better understand one part of your landscape architect’s perspective for your property.  What Are Microclimates?  First, let’s recap with some insights from our previous post on the subject … Merriam-Webster defines a microclimate as “the essentially uniform local climate of a usually small site or habitat.”  In terms of commercial landscaping, you can think of it like this: Outside of a children’s hospital, there is a small park. It contains a bench with trees that provide shade right above it, a patch of flowers next to a stretch of green space to play or picnic, and a swing set at one end. This park is surrounded by concrete—sidewalks and pathways leading back into the building or out to the parking lot—and the soil was disrupted extensively during construction of the complex. On top of all that, its variances in shade and sun exposure will impact plantings, as will […]

3 Reasons You Should Hire Certified Irrigation Designers (#1 Says it All!)

January 10, 2022 9:22 pm Published by

As you embark on a landscape architecture project, there are many variables to consider. From designing the flow of each space to selecting plant life that suits your microclimate, the factors to think about go on and on. And there is one addition to the checklist that doesn’t always get its due: irrigation. Many landscape architecture firms give this job to engineers. But today, we’re going to talk about why you want to ensure that certified irrigation designers are on the task!  #1 Irrigation is Not the Time for Half Measures While you could make the argument that anyone can choose plants for their landscape, the value of an expert is obvious. They can make selections informed by years of education and experience. This ensures that they are the ideal installations for your unique landscape and microclimate. Plus, they’ve got an eye for pairing various plant life beautifully.  But when it comes to irrigation, the need to hire a true pro is even more stark. It’s essential. This element of a landscape design is a foundational one.  An exceptional irrigation system should accomplish the following:  Conserve water by utilizing rainwater and runoff Save maintenance time and cost by routing the […]

Microclimates for Commercial Landscaping: The What, Why, and How of Planting for Locality

December 13, 2021 2:43 pm Published by

When you set out to design a beautiful landscape for your commercial property, there are a lot of variables to consider. You have to think about how the spaces will be used, the feelings you want them to evoke in people, and the way they complement buildings and hardscape.  A key part of achieving your goals for all of those factors is thinking carefully about the plantings you incorporate. It might seem unquestioningly positive to integrate native plantings. And indeed, this concept (which has become something of a buzz phrase in recent years) does represent an idea that benefits the environment. However, there is a difference between plants and flowers that are native to your region and those that will thrive in the specific area you plan to plant them. And this, my friends, is the art of understanding microclimates!  Let’s explore the topic further and learn how microclimates for commercial landscaping can be beneficial and look beautiful.  The Definition of Microclimates First, you might be wondering: What exactly are microclimates? Merriam-Webster defines a microclimate as “the essentially uniform local climate of a usually small site or habitat.” In terms of commercial landscaping, you can think of it like this: […]