Drip Irrigation

What is drip irrigation usually used for?

In recent years, gardeners have started switching to this kind of watering setup, eschewing standard sprinkler and manual watering methods. Because it requires a considerable amount of tubing, it is not practical for watering an entire yard, but it is highly effective at providing water to landscaping or plants organized on multiple levels or in groups. It is also a popular choice for homeowners that maintain a vegetable garden.

What are the benefits of drip irrigation?

Most gardeners who switch over to this system do so because of water conservation. These systems don’t apply blankets of water over a large area. Instead, they slowly weep water into the soil or directly to the roots, so less water is needed to keep the plant nourished. This is ideal for neighborhoods that enforce stringent water conservation standards or homeowners that just want to keep their utility costs down.

These systems produce little runoff, if any, because they are gentle on the soil
. This is important when using fertilizer, as more of the fertilizer will remain close to the plant and away from the municipal drainage system. It also suppresses weed growth as there is less excess water.

Gardens are often hard to water as well, because of their unique arrangement. While standard sprinkler and spray heads can keep a garden nourished, waste is a real concern, as is over watering. These systems mitigate both of these issues because the tubing used for water delivery is built to the garden’s layout. For example, if a gardener is working with a standard rectangular plot, a single feed tube can be attached to multiple emitter tubes. The emitter tubes are then run next to each plant in parallel, ensuring perfectly even coverage with less waste.

What are the primary components of a drip irrigation system?

Commercial systems are complicated and typically include powerful pump systems, multiple filters, several valves and many emitter lines. For the homeowner, these systems are much simpler. Most home systems consist of a vacuum breaker that’s attached to the pressure regulator, along with a filter. This prevents contaminated water from seeping back into the home’s supply line.

Everything else is just tubing, emitters and sprayers. Tubing can be bought with emitters or without emitters, though emitters will have to be attached to the tubing before installation. For dense planting areas or elevated plant containers, micro sprayers and foggers can provide moisture to a larger area. They are similar to larger form spray heads but use much less water.

How can Prime Lawn help a homeowner setup their system?

Setting up one of these systems doesn’t require too much labor, but it does take planning, foresight and some specialized knowledge. Before the installation, it is essential to calculate how much water will be available and how best to use it with a series of emitter tubes, sprayers and foggers. Prime Lawn will approach the system’s design with efficiency in mind, making the most use out of the home’s water. With Prime Lawn’s help, the homeowner will have a setup that provides ample coverage and efficiency while blending into the surrounding foliage.

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