The Benefits of a Drip Irrigation System
Drip irrigation is a system of irrigation that saves water by letting it trickle slowly and straight to the roots of plants or trees. The water reaches the plant’s roots through a network of pipes, valves, emitters, and tubing. This type of irrigation system is suited for property owners who are in need of automated, consistent watering.
These are some of the advantages of a drip irrigation system:
1. Water Efficiency
In general, drip irrigation systems are more efficient compared to traditional sprinklers. They supply low volumes of water (one to four gallons of water per hour) directly where it is needed. This reduces losses to runoff, wind, evaporation, or overspray.
Irrigation systems can save more than 25,000 gallons per year.
2. Protects the Environment
As the popularity of conservation increases, there is a growing concern about environmental friendliness. This has lead to increased emphasis on water conservation. One of the best ways through which property owners can achieve this is through drip systems.
The drip system is better for the environment as it minimizes soil erosion and water runoff. Additionally, it uses less water to promote lush plant growth by offering the planet earth a beautiful and greener future.
Property owners who need a versatile watering system should look no further than this. Drip systems can adapt to any landscape, whether it is made up of container gardens, vegetable rows or balconies. Additionally, the systems can be powered by different power sources including batteries, solar energy, and other power outlets.
4. Reduced Pesticide Use
With drip systems, property owners can expect to use less pesticide. Water applied using drip systems gets directly to the roots of the plants. This means that the spaces in between plants will remain dry and thus, inhibit weed seed germination.
Also, pesticides used on lawns or gardens will not have to be frequently reapplied, as they are not getting washed off by water like with the other conventional watering methods.
5. Improved Plant Quality and Growth
Maintaining a controlled soil temperature with drip systems is easy. This is because this type of irrigation involves a more precise application of water (directly to the roots). The slow and uniform application of water creates a controlled root zone environment that results in even growth.
Also, damage due to water contact with foliage is greatly reduced. Wet foliage could lead to potential mold and disease problems.
As you can see, drip irrigation offers property owners several benefits. They ensure that plants are healthy and hydrated all year round. Especially in July, which is, typically, the hottest and driest time of the year for much of the United States.
Also, they conserve water by supplying drips of it directly to the plant roots. This is good for your pocket and the environment as well.
If you are looking to install a drip irrigation system on your home or commercial property, contact Twin Oaks Landscape today for a on-site analysis and free estimate.