I'm in the process of learning / planning a simple home irrigation system.
I have a small lawn (<30m2) where I plan to install two small pop-up sprinklers. Additionally I have flower beds (<10 meters) where I plan a drip-feed line.
Option 1: My current thinking is to make these two zones and have 2 independent hoses connected back to the outdoor tap. At the tap I would have a multi-way valve system and eventually a computer.
Qu1.: Would this work in principle? I'm I right in understanding that pop-ups operate solely through water pressure and I don't need to be concerned with solenoids?
Option 2: I am trying to determine if I need/want a valve box for my set-up. Would the correct approach be to have one main pipe connected to a valvebox and then split off the pop-ups and drip-feed from 2 separate valves? This I understand would give me the chance to scale up my system more easily by adding more lines at a late point and I could also put the computer (wireless) in this box and not have a tonne of junk around my outdoor tap.
Qu2: Is this the right understanding as per valve boxes?
I do not have easy access to electricity outside and I'm trying to understand the advantages to the valve box approach.
I appreciate any help to clarify my understanding.