Facts About Drip Irrigation

Overview

Drip irrigation delivers a small amount of water directly to the base of plants. The water is delivered through a hose or network of plastic tubing. This watering method saves water and helps plants grow better.

Basic

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, the simplest method of drip irrigation is using a soaker hose among plants and moving it to a new area as needed.

System

A standard drip-irrigation system is a planned network of hoses and small emitters delivering water at low pressure directly to each plant.

Function

Drip irrigation allows water to be applied exactly where a plant needs it without runoff or puddling.

Geography

Drip irrigation efficiently waters specific plants on odd-shaped landscape areas or uneven ground.

Features

By moving or adding drip lines, the gardener can modify the system when plants are added or moved. Emitters, or small irrigation heads, come in many sizes and styles to suit particular plants.

Options

Fertilizers and insecticides can be delivered through the drip system and effectively boost plant health without affecting broad landscape areas.

References

  • USDA: Facts About Drip Irrigation
  • Drip Irrigation: An Introduction

Who Can Help

  • Healthy Landscapes
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