Drip Irrigation and your Garden: What You Need to Know
Homeowners with gardens can attest that one of the most difficult things about maintaining it is ensuring that every plant is adequately watered. A task easier said than done as every plant is different and has unique needs. Thankfully, modern plumbing can help you alleviate some of the guesswork of keeping your garden properly hydrated. Drip irrigation is a system through which your plants get watered from underground pipes. These low-pressure tubes deliver water drop by drop to the roots of your plants.
Save On Water
Watering plants, while good for the the greenery, is terrible for your water bills. When you pour water on a shrub or a tomato plant, most of it sits on top of the soil and evaporates; only a very small amount of it gets absorbed into the soil and into the roots, where it starts going to work. Drip irrigation delivers the water straight to the source by dropping small, manageable amounts of water directly to the root systems underground, reducing water lost and increasing efficiency.
Can Be Used in Irregular Gardens
As a home service company, we know that every home is different. Gardens, like the homes they’re attached to, come in every shape and size. Especially in urban areas where spacing is tight, some gardens can take shape in unusual ways. That said, certain irrigation systems don’t work well for irregular shaped gardens. Because drip irrigation delivers the water directly where it needs to be, it works better than, say, sprinklers that just shotgun water all over the place in a wide area. Smaller gardens stand to waste a lot of resources with inefficient systems delivering water over too wide an area.
Those out there who keep a garden will know what leaching is and why it’s such a pain to deal with, but for the uninitiated, leaching is the process through which the minerals and nutrients found in soil are washed away by overexposure to water. You don’t have to be a botanist to know that’s a lose-lose scenario for your plants that need those nutrients to thrive. Drip irrigation limits the amount of water you personally place in the soil, which extends the shelf life of the nutrients therein. Some leaching from rainwater is ultimately unavoidable, but taking steps to reduce it is prudent if you want your garden to last long-term.
No Land Grading Required
Most of the time, a proper growing garden requires land grading. Grading is a leveling of the surface where dirt from higher up is moved into the lower lying areas to create a stronger foundation for your project. Sometimes land grading may require you to move in additional dirt from somewhere else to complete the job. Because of drip irrigation has much more convenient installation when compared to traditional irrigation systems, you won’t need land grading to the extent you would otherwise.