It makes sense to create a drip irrigation system in your home. Then you don’t need to worry about getting the precise quantity of water placed at the right time, nor do you have to move sprinklers all day.
An irrigation system is not initially cheap, however it will repay you over time and most do it yourselfers can install it easily.
What Is Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation is actually a combination of several types of low-pressure, low-volume water delivery systems. The precise term for such systems is “microirrigation”. Each microirrigation system is distinguished by a unique style of emitter (the part that discharges the water).
Drip irrigation is the exact and slow application of low pressure water directly to the plant’s roots using emitters. A drip irrigation system is a group of interconnected flexible plastic tubing. The tubes have holes cut at certain spaces to fit with the placement of your plants. The entire system is either buried or placed on the ground beside the plants.
By keeping the plant’s roots moist (but not to the point of saturation) you actually use less water than does conventional watering techniques. Maintaining a perfect moisture level in the soil at all times yields:
-more efficient watering
-very little evaporation loss
-water only where plants are
-no wind to carry the water away
-healthier roots (because of reducing disease problems caused by high levels of moisture on plants)
-plants are hardier: more resistant to pests, drought, and disease
-increased crop yields
-no uv degradation of plastic and other materials exposed to sunlight
-lessens water, fertilizer, and labor if managed properly.
Where To Place
Drip irrigation systems are most often placed around flowers, shrubs, and even trees. This targeting allows watering to be more effective and efficient. It ensures that each of the landscape’s individual elements are properly watered.
A drip irrigation system can be easily concealed by a layer of mulch, so that even an above ground system does not detract from the sight of your landscape design.
How To Set Up
Installing drip irrigation is simple using kits obtainable at most home improvement stores. Kits contain instructions that clearly explain all the steps. The few tools needed are probably already in your shop. The installation takes 1 day or less.
You can make operation much easier by adding a timer to the system. Timers can be obtained where you get your kit and are simple to install as well. Timers insure that your plants get watered at the correct time without you needing to remember to do so. They help your plants get precisely the right amount of water at the right time.
Your drip irrigation system can be used in conjunction with “irrigation zones” in your landscape. Plants with similar water needs should be grouped in the same area, so that they can be more efficiently watered. This prevents over watering some plants just because others nearby need additional water.
It’s easy to modify the configuration of a drip system. So, a system can evolve as your needs change.
All things considered, drip irrigation systems are economical as well as a good choice for keeping your landscape healthy and hardy. They can help to improve your home … the easy way.
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