Components of Drip Irrigation

Components of Drip Irrigation image by Jim Gober

Drip irrigation is easy to install and the best way to supply water directly to the root zone of plants where it's needed most. Drip irrigation components include a variety of connectors, hoses, timers, regulators and filters that snap or twist together to create a customized irrigation system for the homeowner or professional gardener.

Timers

Timers are used to control water usage by turning the water supply on or off at certain times of the day, week or month.

Irrigation Hoses

Irrigation hoses come in a variety of sizes. Larger hoses are used for creating a main line, and smaller hoses are used for sub-lines that are connected to the main line and help apply water directly to the base of plants.

Dribblers

Dribblers, or tricklers, add water at a rate of 1 to 2 gallons per hour directly to the base of a plant.

Irrigation Tape

Drip tape adds water over a wide area and is appropriate for row crops. Drip tape is also known as irrigation tape or "T" tape.

Water Filter

A water filter removes particles from the water that clog dribblers or drip tape and decrease water flow to targeted areas.

Water Pressure Regulator

A water pressure regulator prevents excessive pressure in water lines that could cause component failure and equalizes pressure throughout the system.

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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.

Photo by: Jim Gober