When you think of drip irrigation, a soaker hose may come to mind, but a drip irrigation system is more like an upscale soaker hose. Soaker hoses spray out water every couple of inches, but a drip irrigation system allows water to seep out every few feet. If you plant wisely, those strategically placed drips can line up with the root zones of your plants. There are several advantages to using a drip irrigation to water your gardens and landscape plants.
Offers Many Garden Benefits
Using a drip irrigation system in your vegetable garden is a good idea for many reasons. No matter how large or small the garden is, you can take advantage these benefits.
- Water does not come into contact with plant leaves, fruit, or stems, reducing the risk of disease
- No worries about effectively watering uneven ground
- Ground in between rows stays dry, reducing weeds and allowing you better access to plants
- Efficient type of watering system that saves time and money--less labor for you
- The leaching of water and nutrients below the root zone is reduced
Parts Snap Together
Drip irrigation systems can be modified and changed as your watering needs change. The parts snap together for easy adjustments. You can buy all the parts you need to set up a drip irrigation system at your local hardware store or garden center, and the cost of an entire system is quite reasonable. Some of the parts you need include the following:
- Water pressure reducer
- Hose swivels
- Flexible polyethylene tubing
- Backflow preventer
- Hold downs to keep hoses in place
The parts of a drip irrigation system from different manufacturers are almost always interchangeable, so this is another plus.
Maintenance of your drip irrigation system is fairly simple for homeowners who live in regions with freezing winter temperatures. All you need to do is disconnect the hose from the spigot in fall, and tie plastic wrap over the end of the polyethylene tubing. You'll need to store the backflow preventer, filter, and pressure reducer inside to protect them from damage of freezing temperatures.
When spring arrives, you simply remove the plastic wrap and flush the system, reattach the backflow preventer, filter, and pressure reducer. Before using it for the first time of the season, flush the system to make sure it is free of debris.
If you'd like to plan a drip irrigation system for you entire landscape, contact a contractor such as H2O Lawn Sprinklers. The professionals can help you plan a system that makes sure all your plants are water effectively and efficiently.