Perhaps you haven’t tried drip irrigation in your garden or lawn and even don’t see the need to install one. If you are the kind that is busy and has limited time watering your garden it’s time you installed a drip irrigation system. You won’t need any sprinklers and horses. All you’ll have to do is to turn the system on and it will automatically switch itself off (For irrigation systems that have timers).
Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient ways of watering plants. It can save you valuable time as well as conserve valuable resources. Compared to other methods of watering such as sprinkling, drip irrigation uses up to 30 percent less water. Understanding the type of soil in your garden is essential before deciding on the method of watering to use. If the structure of your soil is predominantly clay, a slow-drip irrigation system is the best option.
Drip irrigation delivers water to the soil surface and then to the plant roots rather than wetting the plant leaves. The root zone of the plant can easily get water as it seeps into the soil in drops. Remember it’s the plant roots that need water. Drip irrigation helps in conserving water since not water is lost either through evaporation or surface runoff. In most cases, leaching occurs during watering especially when water is applied in excess and allowed to overflow on the soil surface. With Drip irrigation, your garden will not lose its nutrients through leaching.
Weed seeds can remain dormant within the soil for years. However, disturbing the soil and watering can trigger their germination. Drip irrigation systems can deliver water to your plants only and nothing will be wasted on weeds. Watering your garden plants with a drip system allows for more productivity and faster growth.