At a new architect-designed home in Hertfordshire, the wilderness behind the property has been transformed with the creation of a split-level fully-landscaped garden. On the lower level, there is a lawn, full-width patio, raised beds, perennial-filled borders, planters and contemporary water features which provide a stunning display. Keen to ensure that the investment would remain vibrant for the forseeable future, the owners called in Rosewood Irrigation Services of St.Albans to design an automatic irrigation system.
Rosewood’s solution featured Rain Bird technology, including the ESP- ME controller. The company’s surface dripline was specified for the flower beds and borders so that irrigation could be provided exactly where needed, close to plants’ roots. This has minimised the risk of wastage through water run-off. 90º and 180º pop-up sprinklers work in tandem covering the grassed areas and a Root Watering System protects new pleached hornbeam screening, providing essential irrigation in the infancy of the trees’ life.
The ESP-ME has provided the facility to create the 14 different irrigation zones with three different timed watering programs – essential with so many different plant and shrub varieties on-site, shaded areas and sunny locations, raised planters requiring more water; the need for overnight sprinkling of grassed areas and separate zoning for the sprinklers for highest efficiency. The whole installation can also be conveniently managed by the owners using a smartphone/iPad with the Rain Bird app linked to the controller by the LNK Wifi system.