If you live in a drier climate with very little rain in the hottest months, or you simply want to reduce your water bill and impact on the environment then a drip irrigation system may be just the ticket for your plant and garden beds. Many of us feel like we only have two choices – either be water conscious OR have a beautiful thriving lawn and garden, but not both! The really good news is that there is an effective alternative that lets you have the best of both worlds. This article will explain how drip irrigation systems work and the benefits of installing one for your plant and garden bets.
What is a drip irrigation system?
First things first, before you can understand the benefits of this type of irrigation system you need to understand exactly what it is and how it works. A drip irrigation system includes a system of perforated hoses or drip emitters that are connected by a hose that run along the top layer of soil throughout a flower or garden bed. Water drips through the small holes (or drip emitters) directly into the plant’s root system. Talk about efficiency! Your plants get exactly the right amount of water delivered directly to their root system. Home and business owners also love the fact that drip irrigation systems can run off of any outdoor nozzle so there is no need to spend additional time and money on reconfiguring plumbing. Speaking of time and money, did I mention that the cost of a drip irrigation system is very affordable? Based upon size and regional labor costs, a drip irrigation system will typically cost about $300 - $1000+ which breaks out to about $1.40 - $4.50 per square foot.
The Benefits of Installing a Drip Irrigation System
Now that you know exactly what a drip irrigation system is, let’s talk about the many wonderful benefits of installing one on your property.
The biggest benefit of a drip irrigation system is that it conserves water, especially in the hottest parts of summer when much of the water spread over lawns and gardens is quickly lost to either evaporation or runoff. Since a drip irrigation system serves up water directly to a plants root system very little water is lost and plants can access it much more efficiently. Water waste and high water bills are significantly lowered when utilizing a drip irrigation system and your plants are able to make the most of each drop!
Installing a drip irrigation system is a relatively easy installation process, however it is still best to hire a professional lawn care or landscape company to install it to ensure it is properly connected and placed so that plants get the maximum benefit. Plus the pros can also ensure that your plants roots are not disturbed during the process of installation – no one wants to install this system only for their plants to all die soon after! During the installation process, the irrigation lines are installed along the top layer of soil which significantly reduces potential damage to plant roots during installation. Good news for those gardeners that are always adding on or have a new vision for the layout! Drip irrigation systems are easy to move or expand.
This benefit of drip irrigation may just be my favorite! Less bugs! Bugs and pests seek out pools of water that form on the leaves of plants. This water source keeps them hydrated so they decide to make their home there and then invite all their pesky friends! However, with a drip irrigation system all of the water is directed straight to the plants roots therefore water doesn’t pool on their leaves. This leaves unwanted bugs and pests no other choice but to find another home!
Stress Free Maintenance
Finding a local team of pros to install your drip irrigation system properly is the first step towards stress free watering. You will get back more of your free time each day by no longer needing to hand water plants and flowers that your sprinkler system can’t reach. Soggy roots are also no longer a problem because a drip irrigation system delivers small amounts of water directly to the plant’s roots. All this extra time on your hands will give you time to relax and recharge in your beautiful and lush yard or garden.
Residential or Commercial Use
The benefits of a drip irrigation system are the same for either a residential home or a commercial building landscaping. If you are a business owner or property manager installing a drip irrigation system on the property will significantly reduce the amount of time and money needed to properly maintain the beautiful landscaping that adds so much curb appeal to your commercial property.
If you think you would like to install a drip irrigation system on your residential or commercial property give our team of experts a call today for a free quote and analysis of your yard. We can custom tailor a plan for your specific space to maximize all the many benefits of a drip irrigation system.
Hi, Mike here! There is nothing better than lush green lawns and beautiful blooming plants and flowers, especially in the Springtime! However, in order for grass, trees, flowers and shrubs to thrive they must have an adequate WATER SUPPLY! That's where effective irrigation and sprinkler systems come in! This blog is a dedicated space to discuss best practices and most efficient methods of watering.