Taking A Closer Look At Drip Irrigation Systems

If you live in an area that does not get enough precipitation to nurture healthy plant growth, an irrigation system is an ideal solution. However, irrigation systems are well-known to use a lot of water and in some places, their use can even be prohibited during times of drought. As an alternate solution that is more readily accepted by property owners, drip irrigation systems are a good choice. If you have been looking into good ways to supply your property, landscape, or garden with adequate moisture for growth, it is likely that drip irrigation systems will bring about a few questions. 

How do drip irrigation systems work?

Drip irrigation systems work by supplying a low-volume supply of water to the ground. The irrigation system is typically made up of a series of small PV or rubber lines that have perforations along them to release minimal amounts of water. Drip irrigation systems don't require a lot of power because there is not a lot of water pressure required. Drip irrigation systems are usually implemented at a shallow ground level and can be covered with just a small layer of mulch or topsoil. 

What are the benefits of a drip irrigation system?

The obvious advantage of the drip irrigation system is that it does not require or use as much water volume. However, there are several other advantages to be considered as well, including:

  • the drip lines are more flexible and maneuverable to comply with landscape changes because they are not installed deep into the ground. 
  • you can gain a greater control over how much water goes to which plants, preventing problems with oversaturating those that require little moisture.
  • you get to skip worries of erosion that would come along with a traditional irrigation system. 
  • Drip irrigation systems can usually just be connected to an outdoor spigot instead of a main water supply, which give you the ability to disconnect as needed. 

Are there any downfalls to the drip irrigation system?

There are a few downfalls that you should consider with a drip irrigation system. For one, you may be able to control water usage, but you will also be giving up the opportunity to have greater water pressure with most drip irrigation systems at times when you would like more moisture dispersed. Additionally, drip irrigation lines can be more prone to freezing in cooler temperatures because of their shallow installation, and, therefore, must be fully expelled of water before cold weather. 

For more information, contact a company like Raintree Irrigation & Outdoor Systems.