Watering Your Garden: Drip Irrigation

by Niz Brown 04/26/2020

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When you have a garden, it is important to have a good watering system. If you are looking to have the best garden maintenance that you can, then drip irrigation systems are a nice choice to consider.

How It Works

Drip irrigation works by slowly applying water directly to the plant. It consists of placing tubes in a row near the stems of the plants with a tiny drip valve between the stems. The water flows, drop by drop, through the tubing continuously or for a limited time, depending on the programming. There are two ways to place the tubes, buried slightly or placed on top of the soil.

Thanks to this irrigation mechanism, you can reduce the water waste compared to the more conventional methods. Here are a few of the benefits that come with using a drip irrigation system:

1. Effective Irrigation

Manual irrigation may miss the most vital part of the plant, the roots, and can end up wasting water. By installing a drip irrigation system, plants get an optimum supply of water directly to the roots.

2. Low Energy Consumption in the Water Pumping System

Drip irrigation systems are cost-effective since they don’t use much energy.

3. Complete Automation of the System

These systems are programmed so that plants receive water at the needed time, even if you’re not around.

4. Precision

A drip irrigation system is precise and accurate. Water only flows where the tubing is set. The drip irrigation system can also distribute the water directly at the root of the plant so that it absorbs quickly, reducing water loss from evaporation.

5. Resource Management

A professionally installed drip irrigation system helps manage resources like fertilizers and nutrients.

6. Weed Control

By installing a drip irrigation system, say goodbye to weeds. By directing the water directly on the plant, you avoid watering the weeds, thus preventing them from growing.

Visit your local hardware store or garden/landscaping store for more information on the best irrigation system for your garden. For the full service and setup, hire a landscape specialist to install the right system for your home.

About the Author
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Niz Brown

Born in San Pedro, California, as a first generation Croatian, I graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in Mathematics and Chemistry and then earned a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. In 1960 I married native San Franciscan Jim Brown. Jim, was a high school teacher before becoming the owner/chef of La Lanterna Restaurant in Kentfield from 1985-1992. He is now retired. I combined substitute teaching in Marin County with the rearing of our four children, all of whom are grown and have settled in Marin. I became intrigued with the world of homes when we acted as the general contractors in building our own home in Woodacre and another home in the San Geronimo Valley. I began to work the carpet business, and became licensed to sell real estate in 1976. I was an associate realtor with other companies before becoming an independent broker and opening my own office in downtown Larkspur in 1991.