According to Wikipedia,
Drip irrigation is “an irrigation method which saves water and fertilizer by
allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil
surface or directly onto the root zone through a network of valves, pipes,
tubing, and emitters.” Drip
Irrigation is also referred to as trickle irrigation and micro-irrigation.
It is believed that drip
irrigation has been used since ancient times. Clay pots were filled with water
and buried into the ground and they would gradually seep into the soil. When modern plastics became more accessible
during and after World War II, major improvements in drip irrigation were seen.
Greenhouses in the US and Europe began using plastic micro-tubing and various
types of emitters.
Plastic emitters allow water to
be released through longer and larger passageways by using velocity to slow
water inside a plastic emitter. This works better than releasing the water
through tiny holes, which can easily be blocked by tiny particles.
These days landscapers typically
use drip irrigation systems when it doesn’t make sense to water by hand or use
sprinklers or sprays. Drip
irrigation not only cultivates landscapes, but it can also conserve water,
reduce cost and avoid any problems that may stem from water run off or unwanted
Here are a few more reasons to consider drip irrigation on your lawn and
wind drifts do not occur because water is not applied in the air.
chance of over watering is minimal which can lead to plant disease.
waste can be prevented because the water is confined to the target plant’s
costs can be reduced since water is applied at low pressures.
are durable. They are made to withstand outdoor conditions.
So now that you have done your research and know a
bit more about drip irrigation, how do you decide on a kit that is best for you? There are several types of drip irrigation
kits available so you will need to decide which one will work best for you.
Kits are created based on different application needs. Will you be using it on
your landscapes, your trees or perhaps row crops? When choosing a kit size, it
is important to know how many feet of mainline tubing you will need. Most
professionals who sell irrigation kits will be able to help you with this.
It can also be very helpful to make a drawing of
the area you intend to irrigate. When making your drawing be sure to consider
the path you want to lay the mainline tubing, how far away is your water source,
how many plants you need to water and what are their water requirements? The
answer to these very basic questions will help you determine which irrigation
system is right for you.
Another good source of research is friends and
family. Do you know any one who is presently using an irrigation system? What
are they using it for? What has their experience been? Would they recommend the
system they are presently using?
Finding someone who is using an irrigation system can be extremely
helpful to you.
As stated earlier, drip irrigation is not only a
means to having lush, beautiful landscapes and gardens, but they can decrease
water, labor and energy costs. Drip irrigation technology has become a very
popular way for landscapers to maximize the quality and beauty of their landscapes.
Today it is more important than ever to use our water resources wisely so
consider a drip irrigation system for your lawn and garden.