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In our line of business, we get this question all the time. The quick answer to the question for those in New Jersey, is yes.  If you are invested at all in establishing a healthy, strong garden as well as keeping your lawn green, then a sprinkler system is essential. Inevitably, we end up in some type of the drought situation in NJ every year, all of the time and dedication to your garden and lawn can be lost with one drought.

A couple of things to consider when deciding if you should install an irrigation system:

  • The first is if you’re not concerned with plant health or lawn health, then you wouldn’t be asking the question.
  • If you live in a heavily shaded area with large old growth trees, this will greatly reduce the need for daily watering as well as what plants and grass type you can use. (This is a topic for another blog)
  • Make sure you have good water pressure before you install, the lower the water pressure the less heads you can run at one time.
  • The more zones the better. We suggest watering your gardens separately from your lawn as they have different water requirements. For example, if your lawn burns one season from lack of water, it will easily come back next year. However, if a plant dies, it’s gone for good.

There are always individual issues to take into consideration when answering this question. The short answer is yes; the long answer requires a little more investigation. Luckily, the experts here at Arapahoe Landscaping are well versed in sprinkler systems and would be happy to guide you in the right direction! Visit our page on Gardens for more information on keeping your garden happy.