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Why Use A Drip Irrigation System?

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If you’re searching for an alternative method to water vegetables and plants, then think about the benefits that drip irrigation offers.

What is Drip Irrigation?

The drip irrigation system is an irrigation technique that sends tiny droplets of water direct into the plant’s root zone.

1. Reduced water usage – By specifically focusing on the root zone it is possible to avoid water waste in areas that don’t benefit the plant.

2. Healthy Foliage – Overhead irrigation means that the plants’ leaves remain wet after irrigation. Wet leaves cause discoloration and the formation of spotting. By drip irrigation, plants ‘ leaves are dry.

3. Helps Prevent Fungus – Wet leaves can trigger fungus, like powdery mildew to expand. Drip irrigation helps keep foliage dry and helps prevent fungus.

4. Reduces the risk of soil erosion by preventing drip irrigation is a soft steady drip that minimizes water runoff, which in turn reduces soil erosion.

5. Reduces Weeds – As the those areas between the plants will not receive any water, weeds will be less likely to develop.

6. Nutrient Runoff is Reduced – When there’s a lot of water dripping across the surface of the soil it depletes the nutrients of that soil. Because drip irrigation slows down runoff, it decreases losses of nutrients.

7. Doesn’t require lot leveling or drainage – Most irrigation systems leave a large amount in water that sits on soil’s surface. This means that drainage and site leveling is needed to stop standing water. In drip irrigation, this isn’t necessary as less water is utilized and the water is direct to the roots system.

8. Uses Low Pressure Low pressure is actually great to use for drip irrigation. The majority of overhead irrigation systems need pressure tanks when there are many sprinkler heads.

Advantages

1. Clogging – Perhaps, the biggest drawback with drip irrigation is that tiny drainage holes that run along the drip lines could become blocked. The likelihood of clogging increases if your water is iron-rich. If it is not properly maintained your drip line’s drainage holes may become blocked and stop the water from flowing.

2. Installation is required The drip irrigation system will require some planning, purchase of supplies, and then installation. It is more work than simply placing the hose and having sprinklers attached to it.

3. Needs maintenance and oversight You must regularly inspect your drip lines to be sure they’re functioning correctly. Because the majority of the action is carried out on near the top of soils, it may be difficult to spot problems from afar. Drip irrigation is also subject to the use of winterized and seasonal blowouts.

What is Drip Irrigation Do Its Work?

1. Drip irrigation begins by connecting an spigot or hose which many homeowners own. The system you use the connection might differ.

2. From the zone valves , you connect the principal supply lines. Since the system I put in has two zones, there are two distinct supply lines. Each supply line connects through a total of six raised beds.

3. After your supply lines have been running, you’re now ready to make a tap on the supply line with an instrument that is specifically designed for tapping. It is included in the kit. After you tap, you’ll connect the drip lines (shown above). They are smaller in diameter than that of supply lines. They can be used as many times you require based on the number of rows or raised beds you have.