When it comes to picking an irrigation technique for your yard, there are many factors to consider. While large grass lawns may benefit from lawn sprinkler systems, drip irrigation is a fantastic alternative for homeowners who are looking for greater water and fertilizer control with lower energy costs. Drip irrigation is a popular irrigation method that allows for more direct deposition of water to plant bases, reducing wasted water and lowering costs while still keeping your yard looking stunning.
How Drip Irrigation Works
Drip irrigation works by pumping water through above-ground tubes placed on your lawn, with spouts called “emitters” located at the base of plants. A series of valves and regulators ensure that the water is flowing in the proper direction with correct pressure while also preventing bacteria and soil from flowing back into the water system.
Installing Your Drip Irrigation System
First, the locations of all trees, shrubs, and other plants are mapped out. Next, the drip line is connected to a water source and trailed all along the garden to give water access to all vital points. Depending on the type of soil, water emitters may be placed far apart or close together to ensure proper distribution. Homeowners may also have the ability to control their irrigation system with a smartphone app. Call Sposato Irrigation to see if a Wi-Fi irrigation controller is right for your lawn!
Pros and Cons of Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation has many advantages over other irrigation systems. Installation and use are both relatively inexpensive. Since the water is held at lower pressure in drip lines than in other irrigation systems, energy costs are often lower. Water is delivered directly to the roots of your plants without sinking below them or being sprayed above by wind or sprinklers. As such, it is the perfect solution for watering uneven ground. Fertilizers can be introduced directly into the water flowing through the drip line, allowing for accurate fertilization of many plants in a short period.
The main drawback of drip irrigation is that it requires monthly flushing of lines to prevent clogging, as well as a keen eye to make sure that everything is working correctly and your plants are continuing to get the correct amount of water.
While the pros of drip irrigation far outweigh the cons in many situations, it is always helpful to consider all irrigation solutions available. Whether you decide on sprinkler heads or drip lines, the professionals at Sposato Irrigation are glad to help!
Choose Sposato Irrigation
Sposato Irrigation is uniquely positioned to offer high-quality, affordable, and reliable irrigation services to homeowners and business owners in Sussex County, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millsboro, Dagsboro, and Ocean City, MD. Thanks to our expertise, innovation and decades of professional experience, we can meet the needs of large properties and small gardens. To learn more about our irrigation installation, LED landscape lighting, and commercial irrigation maintenance services, contact us today. We can be reached at 302-645-4773. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.