Posted on: 16 April 2020
If you have a garden, landscaping plants, or flower beds, you may want to install a drip sprinkler system to keep your plants hydrated and healthy. These watering systems can be customized to your needs in any configuration that fits your garden or yard. Here's why drip irrigation is better than lawn sprinklers and a look at how a system is installed.
Why Drip Sprinklers Are Better For Plants
A lawn sprinkler system is good for watering grass, but a micro-sprinkler system, or drip irrigation system, is better for plants and flowers. Micro sprinklers place the water near the plant roots so the soil is soaked and deep root growth is encouraged. Rather than a lot of water at once, drip irrigation sweats out water over a longer period of time. The release of water is gentle, so there is no splashing of the soil.
Drip irrigation only releases water in the soil. Since it doesn't spray, water isn't wasted or lost to evaporation. Plus, the leaves of the plants don't get wet, so there is less risk of fungal diseases and other health problems.
How A Drip Sprinkler System Is Installed
A drip system uses a hose that has many small holes in it to release water where it's needed. The hose can be buried, but there's a risk of the holes clogging with soil. Instead, the hose is placed on top of the ground. If you want the hose out of sight for landscaping plants or a flower bed, you can cover the hose with mulch and it will continue to work properly.
The watering system consists of several components. The installer helps you figure out the design first so the layout can be planned. Then the system is built off of a main hose with T-adapters added for connecting more hoses. Ends of hoses can be closed with plugs so you can change the layout if needed.
The system can be connected to your outdoor spigot, and you'll probably want to have an automatic timer added so the water turns on and off by itself. You can monitor the moisture of the soil by pressing your finger or stick in the ground. If it goes in easily, the soil should be moist enough for your plants.
If you're planting a large vegetable garden, then a drip sprinkler system makes it easy to keep up with watering. Since the water is added near the base of your plants, it won't water nearby weeds, so the system may even cut down on your need to weed the garden as often.
Since you get better watering with less water, a drip system could even save money on your water bill if you need to do a lot of outdoor watering over a dry summer.
For more information, reach out to a drip sprinkler system installation company.Share