Drip Irrigation Design Guide -General Overview

Drip Irrigation Design Guide -General Overview


General Overview

Content Covered In This Section:

   Advantages & Benefits of Drip Irrigation

   Soil Types

   Water Source Connection Items, Aka Head Assembly

   Water Distribution

   Water Devices

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Advantages & Benefits of Drip Irrigation

In this time of water and resource conservation, drip irrigation makes sense. It is generally less expensive to install than conventional subsurface PVC systems and uses much less water. Drip irrigation allows efficient watering by supplying water where it is needed - at the very roots of the plants. As a result, water is not wasted on leaves or soil. This significantly reduces the chances for evaporation and run off. Both are common with traditional irrigation systems where the water is often supplied at a rate greater than the soil can absorb it.

Reduce Weed Growth - When water is applied using a conventional sprinkler, everything gets wet. Since drip irrigation applies water to the root zone of your plants, the spaces in between plants remain dry. This greatly inhibits weed seed germination. If the soil remains dry, most seeds will not germinate. Landscape maintenance takes less time with drip irrigation.

Reduce Plant Stress - When plants get deep, consistent watering, they thrive. Inefficient, shallow watering can contribute to plant stress. Promote healthy growth and disease resistance plants in your garden with drip irrigation.

Extremely Flexible Application - You have many options with drip irrigation tubing, fittings, and emitters. It is a versatile watering system which can easily be customized and installed on hillsides or flat terrains. Drip is the perfect irrigation method for oddly shaped landscapes and windy areas. Existing sprinkler systems can be retrofit with drip irrigation with very little effort.

Save Money - Once a drip irrigation system is installed, you will use less water to irrigate. If you are on a well, you will notice a severe drop in your pumping costs. You will no longer need to hand water your garden. Automate your irrigation system with an irrigation controller and eliminate the need to pay someone to while on vacation. With the reduction of plant disease and unwanted weeds, your gardening labor and maintenance costs will also drop considerably.

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