April 2, 2013

Benefits of Drip Irrigation

Irrigation is irrigation, right? Wrong. There are many different ways of irrigating your plants, so is your current method the best method for your garden or lawn? To find out, spend some time exploring each method. Here are some benefits of using drip irrigation.

First of all, what is drip irrigation? Drip irrigation allows water to drip directly onto the soil. Unlike a sprinkler system that sprays water into the air, drip irrigation delivers water slowly, drip by drip, to the base of the plant. You may be thinking, how could drip irrigation benefit my plants? You’re about to find out.

Efficient – First things first, drip irrigation is incredibly efficient. Sprinkler systems shoot water into the air and only a percentage of that water lands on the intended plants. Of the water that lands on the plants, only a fraction of that water actually makes it to the root system. Why does this happen? Evaporation, wind, runoff, and countless other factors keep water from making it to the intended target. This is why drip irrigation is so efficient. Since each drop lands directly onto the soil, no water is lost to the elements. Even though the process is slower, more water reaches the root zone, meaning that you waste less water in the process. You also don’t have to water as frequently, since water penetrates deep down into the soil. 

Healthy Root Development – We already mentioned that water from drip irrigation is able to penetrate deep into the root system. What does this do for your plants? When water penetrates deep into the soil, the root system grows deep, as well. The deeper the root system grows, the stronger the plant becomes. Remember, deep watering is achieved by watering slowly; you don't get much slower than drip irrigation. 

Pest Control – Moisture can cause water-born fungal diseases to develop on leaves and stems. Water also attracts harmful pests. If you’re looking to spare your plants from these hazards, drip irrigation is incredibly helpful. Since water is applied directly to the soil, the plants' vegetation stays dry and healthy. Plus, drip irrigation keeps soil in between individuals dry, which will help keep weed systems from developing. 


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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