What You Need to Know About Residential Irrigation Systems for the Front Range

Given Colorado’s semi-arid climate, keeping residential landscapes lush and green is nearly impossible without an underground irrigation system. Trying to water your lawn by hand is not only time-consuming, but it can also mean missed spots as well as overwatering in some places. Residential irrigation systems have become more affordable in recent years, and there is no question that they are more efficient, and once you set them up, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to water. 

Here’s what you should know about ensuring you have the best residential irrigation system for your landscape.

Underground Pipes

Most irrigation systems start with a basic framework of pipes—usually made of PVC—that are buried under the ground and supply water to each sprinkler head. Most yards are divided into zones, with the sprinklers on in specific areas. You can schedule the water delivery to these zones as you wish, depending on the amount of water that is needed.


The valve system is usually inside a protected box and attached to the starting point of each piping zone. The valves are controlled by the electric impulses of the timer controls, opening and closing at the specified times.

Timer Controls

The timer control is one of the best things about an underground irrigation system. Once you set up the timer, you don’t have to think about it anymore, which is a huge timesaver. Many communities have restrictions as far as what times you should run your irrigation system, so be sure to check on local regulations.

Timer controls on sprinkler systems are designed quite simply—and are similar to old rotary phones. You can choose which areas of your landscape to water and for how long. 

Sprinkler Heads

You can choose from three different types of sprinkler heads: bubblers, spray heads, and rotary types. Each type works best for specific situations. For example, if you have a lot of flower beds, a bubbler style sprinkler head might be best. Lawns often benefit from rotary sprinklers, which rotate from side to side to soak a specific area. The most common type of sprinkler you’ll find in Colorado yards, however, are spray heads. These provide a gentle 360-degree water spray to a specified area. (You can find out more about sprinkler heads by reading the reviews in this article: Best Sprinkler Heads Comparison Table.)

Find Out More About Residential Irrigation at Landscaped Retreats

If you’re interested in adding an irrigation system to your Denver area home or business, the experts at Landscaped Retreats can create a custom system that will work for your yard, garden, or business. Whether you are moving into a brand-new home and need a new system, or if you are replacing an older irrigation systems, we can design and install an irrigation system that will meet your needs and keep your landscape hydrated and healthy. Our family-owned and -operated business takes pride in everything we do, and we look forward to serving you. Contact us today! We can answer your questions, and we are happy to provide a free estimate.
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