Sprinkler Systems: Planning, Design and Installation

An Overview by Your Trusted Irrigation Specialists in Ontario

With greater application uniformity, considerably efficient water usage, and reduced soil erosion, sprinkler irrigation systems are one of the most popular irrigation methods for farms, orchards, vineyards, commercial properties, and other large land establishments throughout Ontario. Not only are they suitable for all types of soil and crops, but they are also easier to maintain and come in different versions with high-end programmable features.

The qualified irrigation and water management (IWM) specialists at Vanden Bussche Irrigation offer an overview of sprinkler irrigation systems and discuss the critical considerations for planning, design, and installation. 

A Quick Guide to Adopting the Sprinkler Irrigation Approach

The crop type, soil quality, water sources, coverage needs, infrastructure and terrain, and climatic conditions in your location are critical factors in planning, designing, and installing a suitable sprinkler irrigation system.   

Every sprinkler system consists of the following key components:

  • A pumping unit draws water from the source and delivers it to the pipe system.
  • Pipes that provide water to the sprinkler heads.
  • Sprinkler provides uniform, controllable distribution of water through the soil or air.
  • Other accessories, such as valves, couplers, risers, pressure regulators, timers, etc. 

Here are some of the key considerations in planning and designing a sprinkler irrigation system:

Wetting Pattern: Achieving uniform wetting for each crop zone requires placing several sprinklers in an overlapping pattern. However, other factors that impact sprinkler placement and wetting patterns are the type and spacing of crop, water quality and flow rate, wind conditions, and soil intake rates. 

Application Rate: The distance between the sprinklers, the size of their nozzles, and the operating pressure together define the rate of water application to the crops. The application rate should be less than the soil infiltration rate to let the soil absorb and retain water and prevent runoff.

Drop Size: Controlled by the nozzle type and operating pressure, drop size is a critical element based on soil and crop type. 

System Types: From hand-move, side-roll (power roll) system, and linear move systems, to center pivot, traveling gun, and stationary sprinkler systems, there are diverse options within sprinkler irrigation systems. System configurations typically depend on the crop type, crop zones, and landmass you need to cover. 

In addition to the traditional spray systems, sprinkler irrigation also includes low-volume sprinkler systems with misters and foggers and rotor systems installed underground with pop-up sprinklers. 

Expert Sprinkler Irrigation Design and Installation Services in Ontario

At Vanden Bussche Irrigation, we specialize in designing, planning, and installing a diverse range of irrigation systems. Our qualified irrigation experts have designed and supplied sprinkler systems to agricultural farms, commercial properties, and orchards across Ontario. As full-service irrigation system specialists, we take the time to study your property and offer customized irrigation solutions that best meet your requirements and budget.

We are the national leaders in complete irrigation applications across agricultural, commercial, and golf markets with an extensive range of world-class products to meet every aspect of irrigation. 

Talk to us about your irrigation needs today, and let us help you. Call one of our convenient locations in Ontario or contact us online.