|Drip irrigation emitters allow precise water placement to the roots of individual plants. Photo credit: Joby Elliot Flickr CC BY 2.0|
Drip irrigation systems technology consists of a system of plastic pipes that transfers water under low pressure to plants. The water is applied much more slowly than with sprinklers. Spray is minimized and point watering is possible.
Drip irrigation systems are a great option for a water-wise landscape. Drip irrigation is a much more efficient way to apply water to landscape plants as compared to sprinkler systems which are only about 65-75% efficient.
Drip irrigation systems apply water at a slower rate at lower pressure and directly to the root zone of the individual plant. The emitters are connected to hoses and subsequently to the home water system.
There are many uses for drip irrigation. Drip irrigation can be used to water trees, shrubs and flowers. Pots and vegetable gardens are also appropriate areas for drip irrigation. As noted earlier, areas with uneven ground are excellent for drip irrigation. One area where drip irrigation may not be a good solution is turf or lawn. Lawn mowing and high traffic make lawn less attractive for drip irrigation.
Some important factors to consider when deciding where to use drip irrigation are listed below.
Drip irrigation is a great way to reduce water use in the landscape. It is very versatile and can be used for a variety of areas.