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Irrigation and Drainage Solutions

San Diego Irrigation – Micro Irrigation, Drip Irrigation

Especially in Southern California, where drought conditions have led to record highs in lack of precipitation, it is important to conserve water whenever and however possible.  This doesn’t mean, however, that your lawn, garden, and plants have to suffer.  It simply means that you need to find water-wise solutions to your outdoor needs.

Among the many innovative landscaping services available at North County Landscape are a variety of state-of-the-art, water-conservative irrigation and drainage solutions.  Serving the full range of San Diego irrigation needs, our landscape specialists can customize an irrigation plan that is both green and highly economical while delivering the precise amount of water your outside space requires to look vibrant and beautiful.  Our particular specialty is micro irrigation; however, you can rely on our experts to listen carefully to your goals, evaluate your needs, and recommend a solution that makes sense in your unique situation.

When you turn to North County Landscape for your San Diego irrigation and drainage needs, you can rest assured that we will do the job right the first time.  We use only the highest-quality products and materials to ensure that, over the long run, you will save both water and money.  Whether you are looking to replace an outdated sprinkler system, upgrade an irrigation system that didn’t live up to your expectations, or integrate our irrigation and drainage solutions into a more comprehensive, low-maintenance landscaping plan, we will provide you with exactly what you need.

The time for the next-generation alternatives to traditional sprinkler systems has arrived.  To learn more about the irrigation and drainage solutions we offer, or to request your free quote for our landscaping services, please contact North County Landscape today.  We are honored to serve individuals and families throughout San Diego, including Del Mar, San Marcos, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Encinitas, and Carmel Valley.

Micro Irrigation

Many people don’t realize that there is a difference between micro irrigation and drip irrigation.  While both types of systems are low-volume alternatives to traditional methods of irrigation, our landscape specialists more often recommend micro irrigation systems.  Because irrigation systems can become clogged, it is to your advantage to be able to see water being delivered.  By design, drip systems release water very gradually, literally drip by drip, making them difficult to monitor.  Micro irrigation systems, however, deliver a fine sprinkle or mist that can be seen and therefore easily monitored for both efficiency and efficacy.

Of course, one way to prevent problems such as clogging is to use the most advanced technologies and high-quality products, such as those produced by Toro.  At North County Landscape, we use only those irrigation products that we know will stand the test of time.  A good micro irrigation system will eventually pay for itself, using up to 60 percent less water than conventional pop-up systems and sprinkler heads.  However, if the system needs to be replaced within a year due to the use of lesser-quality parts, you will end up spending far more money than you save.

Compared to many drip systems, the micro irrigation systems we install cost a bit more up front.  However, while many drip systems use inexpensive parts that are prone to clogging and damage from insects, our micro irrigation systems use durable, long-lasting emitters that are highly clog-resistant.  Because we are experts in soils, plants, and overall landscape planning, we are able to strategically place micro irrigation systems so that your lawn, garden, trees, shrubs, and other plants get the coverage they need in the most cost-effective way possible.

Drip Systems

There are cases in which drip systems are the best solution, often when used in combination with micro irrigation systems as part of a comprehensive irrigation plan.  As with most landscape services, the effectiveness of the drip system comes down basically to the quality of the product and the knowledge of the landscapers installing the product.

At North County Landscape, we use the most advanced and well-produced drip emitters available to decrease the risk of clogging.  While we highly recommend keeping the emitters visible, we install “invisible” systems when our customers specifically request that we do so.  We also know how to choose the right drip tubing for the right job.  In general, we avoid one-quarter-inch spaghetti tubing, although it can be useful in watering potted plants.  We usually use one-half-inch tubing or, in the case of larger jobs, three-quarter-inch tubing.  Whichever solution is best suited to a situation is the one we recommend.

Drainage Systems

Lingering excess water is the enemy of a healthy lawn.  If you have problems with the accumulation of rain water, groundwater, or other sources of standing water, North County Landscape can help.  We will analyze your outdoor space and suggest a drainage solution that is best suited to your needs.  As experts in drain installation, we may suggest a French drain as an aesthetically pleasing way to redirect excess water.  It may be possible to solve isolated collections of standing water with water-loving plants or even some minor grading work.  Even if your land is extremely flat, we will find a solution that is perfect for you.

Irrigation Controllers

It is far easier to regulate your irrigation system if you have a sprinkler timer.  This is one instance in which the cost of the product does not necessarily correlate with the quality of that product.  We have found that relatively inexpensive controllers, powered by a nine-volt battery that needs to be changed only once a year, work as dependably and often more dependably than expensive boxes.  While we will install whatever controller the customer wishes, most people get far better value out of the cheaper controllers than the big boxes, which can require expensive repairs when they malfunction and be difficult to use.

We’ll Give Away One of Our Secrets…

The micro irrigation and drip irrigation systems designed by North County Landscape are the best in all of San Diego, bar none.  One of the “secrets” to the success of our irrigation systems isn’t really much of a secret if you have read to this point: We use the best-quality products on the market.  We have two other secrets that we would be pleased to share with you when you choose North County Landscape to handle your irrigation needs.

Curious?  Give us a call or drop us an email today and learn how we can provide you with the most advanced and effective – not to mention water-conservative and money-saving – irrigation and drainage solutions in landscaping.  We happily serve neighborhoods throughout San Diego County.