Drip irrigation isn't just for drought areas. In fact, setting up drip irrigation can benefit gardens in any area. It's good for the health of your plants, it's good for the look of your garden, and it's even good for the economy. How does it manage all that?
Reduced Water Usage
When people think about the advantages of drip irrigation, this is usually the first one that springs to mind. Since the water is delivered directly to the soil in the precise areas that it's needed, drip irrigation systems use less water than ordinary sprinklers. They can also be set up to provide water soil underneath mulch, reducing the amount of water that's lost through evaporation and runoff.
Why would you want this if you're not in a drought area? If you pay for your water, the answer is clear: it saves you money. But in addition, lower water usage means less water that needs to be pumped and treated. So even if you aren't paying for your water, there's an economic cost associated with water use.
Decreased Soil Compaction
When soil is watered from above, the force of the water can compact the particles of soil, reducing the amount of air held within the soil. Compacted soil provides less oxygen to the roots of a plant and also makes it more difficult for roots to grow. Using drip irrigation, on the other hand, keeps your soil well-aerated, helping your plants grow strong, healthy root systems.
When most of the water in the soil stays near the surface, as often happens if you are watering your plants periodically from above, plants tend to grow most of their roots there. That means they're very susceptible to droughts as well as being less anchored in case of high winds. Drip irrigation, on the other hand, allows the water to slowly soak down throughout the soil, and this evenly-distributed moisture helps plants form a solid structure of deep roots.
Drip irrigation systems are very unobtrusive, making them an excellent choice for flower or artistic gardens. Instead of having sprinkler heads poking up, you can bury the system's piping underneath mulch, making it invisible within the garden.
Some people think that watering from above is good because it rinses off a plant's leaves. But moisture on a plant's leaves can also spread fungi and bacteria. On the other hand, keeping the leaves of a plant dry and watering only the soil makes it harder for bacteria and fungi to get a foothold on a plant's leaves.
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2 October 2015
When I bought my first home, I was terribly inexperienced when it came to maintaining it. It seemed as if something was always broken. After spending a weekend battling with my oven, I decided that I enough was enough. I started reading everything I could about things related to the home. By the end of my research, I still could not fix my plumbing, but I could look knowledgeable as the plumber explained what was wrong. In an effort to help others avoid the tedious task of reading book after book about plumbing and appliance repairs, I started this blog. Hopefully, this information will save someone from a weekend spent wrestling with their own appliances.