Understanding Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient ways you can water your garden. A low-pressure, low-volume watering system, it will deliver water directly to a plant’s root zone.
What is Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation systems move water at low pressure, distributing it exactly where you need it to go. Although each system is different, water is generally distributed through a network of hoses or tapes with slits, pores, emitters or dripper that release the water very slowly to the plants.
Why use a Drip Irrigation System?
Drip irrigation saves you time and water and is good for the health of your plants. The key to understanding drip irrigation systems is the way they deliver water directly to the root zone of a plant. Once at the drip zone, the water seeps slowly into the soil, drop by drop.
Studies show that by using this slow release to keep the roots moist but not soaked, a well-designed drip system can use up to 50 percent less water than through other methods. Soil particles are more easily able to absorb and hold the water which means plants watered with drip systems grow more quickly and are more productive. It also means some foliage diseases such as powdery mildew are prevented.
You can run the pipes for drip irrigation on the ground or hide them under a layer of mulch which avoids the need to dig trenches through your garden. The plants will also help to conceal it as they grow and spread.
Most drip irrigation systems offer good flexibility to change and extend as your plants grow and your garden changes. You can design your own system, but some Auckland irrigation companies such as Aqualight Irrigation, have an experienced team who can help with advice on the best drip system for you, and design and install it as well if you prefer.