How Do I Know How Many Sprinkler Zones I Have?

 How do I Know How Many Sprinkler Zones I Have?

Irrigation techniques have come a long way since their first developmental stages and the beginnings of agriculture. Sprinkler systems are more advanced and rely on technology and new developments to perform better than older systems. Sprinkler zones aren’t technical, but you might still require some help if this is your first time setting up a sprinkler system. Some people have had their systems set up for years and might only be hearing about sprinkler zones now.

How Do I Know How Many Sprinkler Zones I Have?

Here’s what to know about sprinkler zones and their function in your sprinkler system.

What’s A Sprinkler Zone?

A sprinkler zone defines a specific section of the sprinkler system. Each grouping of heads, or section of drip line, constitutes a zone. Zones give homeowners more control over how much water is dispensed to each specific area, and how often. Each zone can be programmed individually from the electronic controller or an app.

Let’s say you have four zones. Zone one is meant for plants that require a lot of water, but zone two may not have the same needs. Grassy areas, shady areas, and flower beds require different amounts of water. You may also have a zone with different sprinkler heads spraying water in a specific pattern.

  • Rotary spray heads
  • Spray heads
  • Drip irrigation or soaker heads

Gardens don’t contain just one type of plant. Diverse gardens can have more specific watering needs, and you may have three other zones with different watering requirements. That’s why sprinkler zones exist; to make watering easier.

How Much Area Should A Sprinkler Zone Cover?

The area covered by a sprinkler zone depends on various factors such as the type of sprinkler heads used, water pressure, flow rate, and desired irrigation output. Other factors are also considered when designing the zones, such as the shape of the area to be irrigated and the specific requirements of the plants or turf being watered.

To determine the appropriate coverage for a sprinkler zone, it’s essential to consider the spacing and layout of the sprinkler heads, as well as their individual throw distances. Factors like wind, slope, and soil type also affect the distribution of water, so it’s crucial to design the system with these considerations in mind to ensure adequate coverage and efficient water use.

Consulting with a professional irrigation designer or landscaper is the best way to determine the optimal coverage for your specific needs.

The Problem With Too Few Sprinkler Zones

The larger and more diverse your lawn and garden are, the more sprinkler zones your space may need. Sprinkler heads without proper nozzling, spacing, and hydraulics could cause issues from under watering to overwatering. Using fewer heads isn’t always the best choice.

Don’t compromise and think that you’ll only need one or two zones when your lawn and garden could benefit from three or four. Not enough sprinkler heads can lead to dry spots due to poor coverage and too many heads per zone can also lead to dry spots caused by low pressure.

Calibrating Sprinkler Zones

If you aren’t sure how to calibrate the different sprinkler zones, refer to your setup guide. Most manufacturers include the most basic information in the setup guide to program your irrigation controller. However, most people also don’t start installation by reading it!

Refer to your guide for brand-specific information on calibrating your irrigation system for the best results. If you have any questions, the manufacturer’s tech support helpline can help, or contact a local sprinkler company.

Ask An Irrigation Specialist For Advice on Setting Up Sprinkler Zones

Consulting with professionals is a crucial step when setting up sprinkler zones. Here’s what you should know about seeking expert advice:

  1. Expert Guidance: Professional irrigation technicians and landscapers possess specialized knowledge and experience in designing, installing, and maintaining irrigation systems. They can offer valuable insights and recommendations tailored to your specific needs and goals.
  2. Design Expertise: Professionals can help you develop a customized irrigation plan that maximizes water efficiency and promotes healthy plant growth. They’ll consider factors such as soil type, plant water requirements, sun exposure, and slope to design a system that delivers water where it’s needed most.
  3. Technical Knowledge: Irrigation professionals are well-versed in the technical aspects of irrigation systems, including hydraulic principles, pressure requirements, and equipment compatibility. They can ensure that your system is properly sized and configured to deliver adequate water coverage while minimizing waste and inefficiency.
  4. Optimization Strategies: Professionals can recommend advanced technologies and strategies to optimize your irrigation system’s performance. This may include installing smart controllers with weather-based scheduling, upgrading to high-efficiency sprinkler heads, or retrofitting drip irrigation for water-conserving plant beds.
  5. Cost-Effective Solutions: While consulting with professionals may involve upfront costs, their expertise can ultimately save you time and money in the long run. By designing an efficient irrigation system tailored to your landscape’s needs, you can reduce water waste, minimize maintenance requirements, and lower utility bills.
  6. Peace of Mind: By entrusting your irrigation project to qualified professionals, you can have confidence that the job will be done right the first time. They’ll handle all aspects of the design, installation, and testing process, allowing you to relax and enjoy the benefits of a properly functioning irrigation system.

Nature’s Helper – Lawn Sprinklers Omaha

With so much drought in recent years, it’s an essential step to install a sprinkler system designed for maximum water efficiency that still delivers a lush, healthy lawn. For more than 25 years, Nature’s Helper has been helping Omaha residents turn their lawns from ordinary into extraordinary. Through designing and installing residential and commercial underground sprinkler systems, we’re committed to providing innovative solutions and outstanding customer service every single time.

Are you noticing brown spots even with a drought-resistant lawn and a water-efficient sprinkler system? Periods of drought can reveal a poorly designed sprinkler system. At Nature’s Helper, we don’t just get water on the lawn, we focus on hydraulics, spacing, and nozzling to put down 1/3” of water on the lawn as evenly as possible every time your system runs. If you find yourself pulling hoses even with an irrigation system, call Nature’s Helper – we can help you!

To request service or schedule a free installation estimate, contact us online or call us at (402) 334-2625.