Drip Irrigation: Drip/Micro-Irrigation
Drip irrigation is much more effective than traditional spray irrigation in areas where you can’t have spray hitting walls or pedestrians. These are small horizontal pipes that slowly drip water running just above the ground and under mulch or rocks. This type of system gets the job done efficiently and without being seen.
Water slowly drips onto the roots and a stem, unlike spray irrigation, very little is lost to evaporation and the water can be directed only to the plants that need it.
Advantages of Micro-Irrigation
- Microirrigation is a low pressure, low volume irrigation system suitable for balconies, planters, pots, vegetable gardens, high-rises, penthouse apartments, etc. If managed properly, Microirrigation can be as effective as a traditional spray system and also decrease water usage without the overspray or misting.
- Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of irrigating. While sprinkler systems are around 75-85% efficient, drip systems typically are 90% or higher.
- The high efficiency of drip irrigation results from two primary factors. The first is that the water soaks into the soil before it can evaporate or run off. The second is that the water is only applied where it is needed, (at the plant’s roots) rather than sprayed everywhere.
Zone Control Valves
- Zone Control valves are the valves that turn on and off the water to the drip lines. An irrigation controller/timer is used to turn the valves on and off with a predetermined amount of time. For a small drip system, there may be only one or two zone control valves. Bigger systems may have several zone control valves that would be designated for vegetation around the pool, pots or planters on balconies, vegetable gardens, orchid houses, etc.
Why Choose Drip Irrigation?
Here are just some of the many reasons why drip irrigation has become a popular choice.
- Save Water
Drip irrigation can reduce water usage by up to 70% for your property. Water evaporation and run-off is minimized as water goes directly to the plant’s root zone.
- Save Money
Reduced water usage from drip irrigation will allow your garden to reach its fullest potential and at the same time save you money with rising water costs while conserving this precious resource.
- Save Time
A drip irrigation system from Evergreen makes watering your plants both easy and efficient. With an automatic timer or digital controller hand watering is a thing of the past.
- Optimal Growth
Drip irrigation’s efficiency directs water to the plant’s root zone allows for the plants to grow healthy and strong.
Why is Saving Water so Important?
Water resources are being reduced around the world. Unfortunately, we are using it at a rate too fast for nature to replenish. Freshwater only makes up approximately 2.5% of all water on the planet. The demand will only increase as population continue to grow.