Drip irrigation, or low volume irrigation as it is sometimes called, is one of the most efficient ways to water plants. Everything you need to install a system is sold at nurseries, garden centers and specialty irrigation outlets. Here are ten reasons you should use a drip system:
Healthier plants. Watering slowly allows for better soil aeration and healthier root growth.
Reduces disease. Drip systems don’t wet foliage and help reduce diseases like Black Spot.
Conserves water. Drip systems apply water slowly and directly to the root zone without wasteful runoff or wetting areas that are unplanted. Where droughts are common, drip irrigation is the watering method of choice.
Fewer weeds. Keeping unplanted areas dry reduces weeds.
Cuts costs. Using less water reduces water bills.
Saves You Time. Drip systems are easily connected to automatic controllers, soil moisture sensors and rain shutoffs so they can work effectively even when you are not around or can’t make adjustments to regular sprinkler systems.
Simple to install. There are many of types of “drip systems,” including ones that use individual drip emitters, micro-sprinklers and in-line emitters (permanently installed at regular spacing in plastic tubing). Drip systems can be used almost anywhere from landscaped areas to vegetable gardens, flower beds and potted plants, to mature trees. Installation requires no plumbing skills and most manufacturers provide easy-to use instructions that allow you to choose and install just the right system for your plantings.
Simple to adjust. Emitters and micro-sprinklers are available with variable application rates so you can easily install or makes changes to precisely meet your plant’s watering needs. As plants get larger, or as you add more plantings, you can also add additional emitters or ones that apply more water. You can even purchase kits or parts to retrofit regular sprinklers into drip systems.
You can feed while you water. Fertilizer injectors can be easily installed with most drip systems, so you can feed your plants while you water. You’ll also save money because the nutrients are applied directly to the root zone without any waste.
Reduce erosion. Drip systems are perfect for sloping ground where normal sprinklers would wash away soil.