There is perhaps no greater factor to having a beautiful and healthy lawn than appropriate irrigation. Having your sprinkler system checked twice a year ensures that your lawn is getting the proper amounts of water in the right areas. But in addition to an efficient sprinkler system, many homeowners find that investing in a drip irrigation system has considerable benefits for both them and their landscaping.
So, what exactly does a drip irrigation system look like, compared to a sprinkler? Drip irrigation is a low volume, low pressure irrigation system that uses emitters to evenly distribute water to the more delicate areas of your outdoors. It is perfect for watering areas like vegetable gardens, planting beds, and annual containers. Read on to find out how drip irrigation could make a big difference for you and your home.
It is effective and practically invisible
While drip line isn’t installed underground, it can be easily hidden beneath a layer of mulch or sit on top of it, allowing the plants to conceal it as they grow and spread. Drip emitters can even be run to a garden box, hanging basket or annual containers so they can do their job and stay out of the way. Beyond being discrete, drip irrigation works exceptionally well because it waters only the area you need and only to the degree that you need it to. The rate of flow can be customized depending on the needs of the plant you are watering. By using the right amount of water, your plants grow fuller and faster.
It uses less water and costs less
A big part of the reason why drip irrigation systems are able to be so effective is because they only use the amount of water the plants need. Compared to a traditional sprinkler, there’s less water loss from evaporation (30-70% less), less splashing, and less water on the leaves of plants, which reduces diseases. This is mainly because they use pressure regulators to decrease the pressure that comes out of your home’s normal water supply and it’s applied directly to the root zone where the plant needs it the most. This ensures that your plants are being gently, naturally watered, rather than being soaked or drowned. The flip side of using less water? Lower water bills. And with water becoming a more precious resource all the time, saving money on utility bills never felt so good!
It introduces a new level of convenience for homeowners
The list of benefits that drip irrigation provides homeowners goes on and on. Beyond the factors discussed above, its light touch means that drip-irrigated areas will see minimal erosion and runoff. It also means that homeowners don’t have to worry about hand-watering every part of their landscape. With a drip irrigation system installed, homeowners no longer have to worry about their plants and gardens when their lives get hectic or they go out of town, and they won’t have to climb a ladder to reach out of the way plantings.
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