Spray/irrigate the garden? Read here what pump you need.

With a lot of sun and a lot less rain, summer is probably the best season of the year for you. For your garden, however, it is not. During the summer, garden plants and grass need a lot of water, and you walking around with a watering can or a hose is usually not enough to keep them wet and in good condition. The choice to use sprinklers is easily made, but how do you provide them with water?  This is where the water pump comes in. But the type of water pump you need, as well as the required capacity and pressure, depend on your specific situation.


If you are looking for a water pump to spray your garden, we will be happy to help you find the appropriate model. Please refer to the pump configurator on our homepage. If you specify your wishes and requirements, the configurator will work out which pump best fits your situation, and you will be assured that you are choosing the right one. Go to the pump configurator

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What type of pump fits your situation?

You can choose between four types of pumps to irrigate your garden: namely, a garden pump, a booster pump, a borehole pump, or a motor pump. You have plenty of choice, and there is definitely a water pump that will meet your requirements.

The first question is easy: is there electricity nearby?

In most cases, electricity will be available, but in some situations there is not (e.g. in a field). If this is the case, a motor pump will come in handy because it runs on petrol.

The second question is: At what depth is the water situated that you want to use?

Self-priming pumps, such as garden and booster pumps, are placed on dry land, which means that they are not immersed in water. These pumps can pump up water from a maximum depth of nine metres. If the water is at a level between 0 to 9 metres, we would immediately advise you to opt for a garden or booster pump. However, if the water is deeper than nine metres, a borehole pump will be the only option. These pumps can be placed in the water, and are capable of pumping water from a depth of dozens of metres.

The third question: what will you connect the pump to?

In other words, how many sprinklers/irrigators need to be supplied with water. This determines the capacity and power the pump requires to be able to supply. With every pump, we state the number of sprinklers that can be connected, based on an average operating pressure/capacity of 800 litres per hour at 2 bar per sprinkler, and a delivery head of 0-1 metre.

Please note: the deeper the water that is drawn in, the lower the pressure and capacity the pump can provide.

The fourth question: where do you get the water from?

The water that you are going to use should at least enter your pump free of solid particles such as sand, gravel, and so on. These will damage the pump, and should be kept outside the pump at all times. In most cases, water will contain solid particles that can be stopped with a pre-filter.

We indicate below for which water sources a pre-filter would be desirable:

Highly desirable:

•          Ditch

•          Canal

•          Lake


•          Groundwater well

•          Water basin

Not required / optional:

•          Water tank

•          Water supply system

It is essential that you maintain and clean the filter. Be aware that a clogged filter can damage the pump. The following factors are also important when looking for the right pump

How long should the pump be able to run continuously?

Not every pump has been designed for continuous operation. If a pump to runs for more than three consecutive hours, this is referred to as 'continuous operation'. All DAB pumps have been designed for continuous operation.

Are you dealing with a varying supply?

This only applies to irrigation systems in different groups, with each group spraying a separate part of the garden. For these type of situations, we strongly advise making use of a speed-controlled system, which ensures that the pump runs only at the RPM required to pump the right amount of water, under the right pressure, from A to B. This means that within smaller groups the tubes will not be at risk of bursting owing to the pump's high capacity/pressure. For this purpose, you can screw the DAB Active Driver onto your pump, or opt for a pump with an integrated speed controller, such as the DAB e.sybox (ideal for advanced irrigation systems).

We hope that this information has helped you choose the right pump to irrigate your garden. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions or require personal advice. We are here to help you.

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