Sept 2013 Blog

Advantages & Benefits of Drip Irrigation Systems

Advantages & Benefits of Drip Irrigation Systems


In this time of water and resource conservation, a home drip irrigation system makes sense. A home drip irrigation system is generally less expensive to install than conventional subsurface PVC irrigation systems and uses much less water. 

Water Conservation - Drip irrigation systems allow you an efficient irrigation system by supplying water where it is needed - at the very roots of the plants. As a result, water is not wasted on leaves or soil. Drip irrigation systems significantly reduce the chances for evaporation and run off. Both are common with traditional irrigation systems where the water is often supplied at a rate greater than the soil can absorb it.

Reduce Weed Growth - When water is applied using a conventional sprinkler irrigation system, everything gets wet. Since a home drip irrigation system applies water to the root zone of your plants, the spaces in between plants remain dry. This greatly inhibits weed seed germination. If the soil remains dry, most seeds will not germinate. Landscape maintenance takes less time with a home drip irrigation system.


Reduce Plant Stress- When plants get deep, consistent watering, they thrive. Inefficient, shallow watering can contribute to plant stress. Promote healthy growth and disease resistance plants in your home garden with a drip irrigation system.

Extremely Flexible Application - You have many options with drip irrigation tubing, fittings, and emitters. Drip irrigation is a versatile watering system which can easily be installed on hillsides or flat terrains. A drip irrigation system is the perfect irrigation method for oddly shaped landscapes and windy areas. Existing sprinkler systems can be retrofit with drip irrigation with very little effort.

Save Money - Once a drip irrigation system is installed, you will use less water to irrigate. If your home is on a well, you will notice a severe drop in your pumping costs. You will no longer need to hand watering your garden. Automate your home drip irrigation system with an irrigation controller and eliminate the need to pay someone to water while you are on vacation. With the reduction of plant disease and unwanted weeds, your gardening labor and maintenance costs will also drop considerably.