Indianapolis lawn irrigation specialist gives tips
What's the benefit of having an irrigation system?
Who we talked to
Ken Barthuly, co-owner
Barthuly Irrigation Inc.
10652 Deandra DriveZionsville
"Probably the biggest benefit, because it is a luxury item, is just the time savings. You're going to save time from dragging hoses around, and you'll save money on the water bill. A lot of people don't know that with the timing and spray patterns that we design, irrigation systems are significantly more water-efficient.
Are there different ways to design an irrigation systems and do they make a difference?
"Any one contractor can design your system. There's different ways to do it, but as long as they're accomplish-ing 100-percent and even coverage, it doesn't matter how it's designed. A lot people will design a system to cover the entire lawn, but they don't take into consideration the density of the coverage or what we call match precipitation. Match precipitation makes sure there's even water distribution throughout the entire property."
What kinds of new technology are on the horizon for irrigation systems?
"We're telling our customers about something called an ET controller. 'ET' is short for evapotranspiration. In a nutshell, it's a satellite-based controller linked with Doppler radar that allows the homeowner to not have to do any kind of programming for their irrigation system other than the initial setup. If the current weather conditions call for rain, then the system irrigates at the proper times."
What kind of maintenance suggestions or tips do you have about irrigation systems?
"Every system should be winterized every year, which consists of blowing compressed air through the pipes and sprinkler heads. If you don't blow the system out, you're going to have cracked pipes. In spring, it's just a matter of going back out and programming and turning the system back on. A homeowner's contractor should be informing them of what dates they'll need those services - it's no different than a service plan with an HVAC company providing proper maintenance.
"Also, you never want to irrigate during the heat of the day. The water evaporates so quickly that it causes problems. And you don't want to irrigate into the evening hours because the water doesn't evaporate and the standing water makes for mold. It's always best to irrigate in the cool hours of the morning. Watering times will vary greatly - it depends on the soil content, the slope and how much sun the area gets."