Installing a drip irrigation system, which is unobtrusive and easy to conceal, in your yard can help make plant maintenance easier.
The irrigation system consists of a series of tubes. These tubes have holes in them at specific intervals, corresponding with the placement of your plants. This targeted approach to watering is more effective and more efficient than more traditional sprinkler irrigation.
Usually, these systems are placed under the soil, providing deep and efficient watering for the plants. Drip (or trickle) irrigation conserves water: little evaporation occurs, the space between plants is not needlessly watered, and wind cannot carry the water away before it reaches the roots. Plus, watering deeply means that you do not need to water your plants as often and also promotes root health, which produces hardier plants that are more resistant to pests, drought, and disease.
Installing trickle irrigation is relatively simple. You can create the system yourself, using hoses and water available to your home, but it is much easier to use kits. Drip irrigation kits are available at most home improvement stores. Most of the time, this installation takes one day or less and requires only tools commonly found in most households.
You can make plant maintenance even easier by adding a timer to your irrigation system. Timers ensure that your plants get the right amount of water at the right time, without you having to remember to water your plants.
You can also use drip irrigation systems with “irrigation zones” in your landscape. If you group plants that have similar water needs in the same area, they can be more efficiently targeted for watering. Your plants will be healthier, because you will not be over-watering or under-watering some plants because of the water needs of neighboring plants.
Drip irrigation, especially when combined with the concept of irrigation zones, is one of the best ways to make efficient use of water.
Special Tip: You can convert your sprinkler system to a drip irrigation system simply by replacing the heads.