Nurseries are very common in the UK. Because of the climatic conditions, nurseries can solve various problems for plant growers. However, a key aspect involved in any nursery, no matter how small or big it is, is the irrigationsystem that is used. One needs to consider the soil type, the plant species as well as the building materials. The nursery type and size will have an effect on the type of irrigationsystem that is most suitable.
Overhead sprinkler irrigation systems are quite common. In this option, there are the rotary sprinkler heads or the stationery ones. Despite being quite common, they are not the most efficient option. This is because they tend to require high pressure pumps which consume a lot of energy and fuel. There is also wastage of water when plants have large or broad leaves, since a significant amount of the emitted water does not reach the soil.
Another popular option is the microirrigation system. These systems are more efficient mainly because of the fact that they can function using low pressure. There are the microsprayers, the microsprinklers, the capillary mat systems and the spaghetti tube systems. These are the most commonly used types of microirrigation systems.
Finally, there are the capillary sandbeds. The main difference is that these do not require any electricity to function. They manage to provide a continuous and even water supply to sandbeds, thus allowing plants to grow well without the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Their main drawback is that they tend to attract weeds, and they are also more expensive to set up.
Obviously, each of these nursery irrigation systems comes with its pros and cons. It is important that you seek expert advice on the type that will be best for your nursery before simply installing any of them.