Nothing says “welcome home!” like a healthy green grass and vibrant plants. Whether you choose a drip system, sprinkler system, or something else altogether, proper irrigation is vital to achieving the kind of healthy lawn you want for your home.
What is drip irrigation? Drip irrigation is a technique in which water flows through a filter into special drip pipes, with emitters located at different spacing. Water is distributed through the emitters directly into the soil near the roots through a special slow-release device. Drip irrigation has been around for many years and has evolved over time and with technology. The invention is accredited to Simcha Blass and Kibbutz Hatzerim in 1959 for developing and patenting the first drip irrigation emitter. Drip systems differ from sprinklers because they are used to slowly and steadily deliver water directly to specific areas whereas sprinklers are used to irrigate larger areas at once. Since water is delivered directly to the root, almost no water is lost through evaporation or runoff.
A drip system can be easier on your wallet and the environment. Since water is delivered in low volumes and only where needed, monthly water usage is decreased by 20-60% (depending on yard size) over conventional pop-up sprinklers. With population increases, it’s important to evaluate individual water usage and conserve our natural resources.
There are things to be cautious of before deciding on this method. The success of drip irrigation depends highly on clean water. Particles and debris could clog the holes in the emitters and stop water from flowing to certain areas so it’s important to monitor the flow and change filters regularly.
As always, consult with a professional and create a plan for what would be best for your lawn because every lawn is different. Call us today for a free consultation! (865) 806-1125