Key elements to the success of a landscape project are irrigation and drainage


Irrigation systems keep your garden hydrated



  • Automatic Controllers
  • Lawn Sprinklers
  • Drip Irrigation Systems
  • Micro Sprayers


  • Surface Drainage
  • French Drains
  • Solid Drains
  • Channel Drains

The heartbeat of an irrigation system is an automatic irrigation controller. It enables the client to schedule the frequency, duration, and start time of each of the valves according to the water requirement of the material to be irrigated. It is efficient, economical, saves water, and enables the client to go on vacation and know that their plant material and lawn is properly scheduled for watering.

Plant material is best watered by drip irrigation, which applies the appropriate amount of water to the base of each plant. Occasionally, we will use micro sprayers for certain ground cover applications. Overhead lawn sprinklers are the appropriate method of watering lawns.

One of the less glamorous, yet essential, elements of a garden installation is drainage. Left to its own devices, standing water can cause dry rot, mold, plant root rot, and may present a slippery safety hazard. Drainage simply moves water from one location to another.

A landscape must be graded in order to direct water away from a residence or a low area, or else a drainage system must be installed to redirect the water.  Water from gutters and downspouts must also be carried to a storm drain or to the street.

Details Landscape Art, one of Sonoma County’s premier landscape contractors, is diligent about ensuring that the grading of its hardscape surfaces and of the garden itself directs and diverts water properly.


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