If you have a large yard with a lot of landscaping, you know how difficult it can be to keep all of your plants, shrubs and trees watered sufficiently for them to thrive. Even an automated sprinkler system can deliver too much or too little water, depending on how you have the system programmed. For optimum moisture control for your bedding plants, you need a drip irrigation system.
What is drip irrigation?
Drip irrigation is a series of underground tubes that deliver a controlled amount of water directly to the base of the plants as needed. Rather than delivering a large amount of water periodically, a drip system (as the name implied) delivers a steady drip of water throughout the day and night.
Benefits of a drip irrigation system
1. Better for your plants. Drip irrigation is healthier for your plants. It allows them to get the water they need without a flood of water robbing the soil of its nutrients and wet leaves promoting fungal growth and attracting insects. Plus, your plants get water continuously, rather than just once or twice a day.
2. Less evaporation. Because the water is delivered to the plants underground, there is less evaporation than you generally have with topical watering systems. This is especially important if you live in a hot, dry climate when even the early morning hours can be oppressive.
3. Most ecologically-efficient. Because a drip irrigation system uses less water, this type of system is kinder to the environment than one that sprays water randomly around your yard. An additional benefit is that by using less water, this type of system also helps to save on your monthly water bill.
4. Less erosion. The underground delivery system associated with drip irrigation means that this type of system is much less likely to cause your top soil to erode and/or your retaining walls to become insecure. Keeping the nutrient-rich top soil in place is another way this type of watering system is better for your plants.
5. Able to handle large areas efficiently. Perhaps the most important advantage of drip irrigation is that it can water a large property quickly and efficiently.
While a drip irrigation system may not be the right choice for every homeowner, this type of watering system is good for your plants, uses less water, causes less evaporation and can handle large areas efficiently. If you're in the market for a new watering system, it's certainly worth considering.
For more information about drip irrigation systems, contact a company such as H2O Lawn Sprinklers.