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Drip Irrigation Systems: The basics

January 19, 2011

Ever walk by a house after the sprinklers are done irrigating and see the sidewalks wet with overspray?

How about seeing a small flower garden where a large area sprinkler head is not only watering its intended target, but everything around it (the fence, the rocks, the neighbor’s yard) as well?

These are just two examples of poor water conservation practices.

One way to help curb the use of water and drop it more accurately on the spots that require it is to use drip irrigation.

Drip irrigation is also known as micro-irrigation. It combines a low-volume of water and a low-pressure release of that water so that it is more accurate with its irrigation delivery mechanism.

Drip irrigation systems can easily be camouflaged under bark, mulch, or decorative rock; they can also be on top of the ground.

So, why consider drip irrigation systems? View the video below and read the tips that follow.

Conserve water:
Drip irrigation systems manage water. A sprinkler can often deliver too much water for the soil to hold and runoff can occur.

Water precisely:
Certain areas won’t be over- or under-watered because you can focus the water exactly where it is required for plant growth.

Curb diseases:
Fungus (and resulting diseased) are less likely to occur in soil that is not constantly saturated with water.

Reduce erosion:
A fast release of water will often be disruptive to soil. A slow drip, on the other hand, can help the moisture penetrate the ground in a same and non-disruptive manner.

Install easily:
Orbit drip irrigation systems are sold in kits and are available online and in many retail outlets. These kits make it easy to install yourself, and you can also use the drip components to customize your irrigation system.


Do you have a drip irrigation system installed?

What other benefits do you see to having a drip system installed in your yard, lawn, or garden area?
Please leave your comments below.

Need help designing your drip system? Click HERE.

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