Landscape design and the importance of proper irrigation mapping

Your green grass, blooming plants and thriving trees only scratch the surface of the big picture. There’s a whole underground world in your landscape, and it involves your irrigation system, the critical infrastructure for keeping landscapes properly watered in our climate. Whether you use an underground sprinkler system or irrigation alternatives, an irrigation map is an essential part of functional landscape design.


The Piedmont Landscape Management experts know how to accurately map and install the best irrigation systems for your landscape.


Understanding the layout of your irrigation system is important so you can accurately locate components for repair. If you plan on expanding or upgrading your system, an irrigation map will be essential. Finally, before you dig into any landscape design projects on your grounds, you need to know how your irrigation system is mapped before you cut through a pipe.


An irrigation map shows what actually exists on your property, which can be different from an as-built irrigation plan. An as-built plan is created by an engineer before installing the irrigation system. But we all know that irrigation systems don’t always get installed as planned. If you rely on an as-built irrigation plan as “the map,” it’s like following directions to a destination only to find roads are closed. You’ll get lost.


Irrigation maps are vital for functional landscape design in which underground sprinkler systems are used. Irrigation alternatives include above-ground sprinklers and drip irrigation. Even then, it’s important to know where all your water sources, hoses and sprinkler equipment are located.


Because irrigation can be such a complex aspect of landscape design, Piedmont Landscape Management suggests leaving it to our experts, who have lots of training and experience in planning and drafting irrigation maps and installing and maintaining irrigation systems of all kinds.