The concept of drip irrigation systems is simple: Tiny holes inserted at various points along a hose allow small quantities of water to trickle slowly into the soil over long periods.
Benefits of a Drip Irrigation System
- Saves Water: Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers.
- Improves Growth: Smaller amounts of water applied over a longer amount of time provide ideal growing conditions. Drip irrigation extends watering times for plants, and prevents soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Also, because the flow is continuous, water penetrates deeply into the soil to get well down into the root zone.
- Discourages Weeds: Water is only delivered where it’s needed.
- Saves Time: Setting and moving sprinklers is not required. A timer can be added to the system for automatic watering.
- Helps control fungal diseases, which grow quickly under moist conditions. Also, wet foliage can spread disease.
- Adaptable: A drip irrigation system can be modified easily to adjust to the changing needs of a garden or lawn.