- Drip Irrigation Diagrams
- Drip Irrigation Systems (Instead of Sprinklers) for Water Conservation
- Drip Irrigation-Part 1-Planning and Set-Up at the Faucet
- Drip Irrigation-Part 2-Using Poly Tubing, Mini-Sprinklers, Sprayers and Emitters
- Drip Irrigation-Part 3-Using Drip Tape in the Garden
- Drip Irrigation-Part 4-Using Emitterline in the Garden
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What is drip irrigation?
Drip irrigation sends an even, deep supply of water directly to the root zone of the plant without waste or runoff. It uses up to 50% less water than conventional systems; spares plants the stress caused by the wet-dry cycles of overhead watering; and minimizes erosion, soil compaction, leaf burn, mold, and fungal diseases. Drip irrigation, especially when the line is buried, significantly reduces weeds by watering deeply instead of on the surface (weed seeds have less access to water needed for germination).
What drip irrigation system is right for me?
Before you install your system, you need to ascertain the flow (how many gallons per minute) you are getting from your main water line. This will help you determine how many emitters you can run at one time. An easy way to calculate this is by running water, and measuring the time it takes to fill a bucket. Divide the bucket size in gallons by the seconds it takes to fill the container, and then multiply the result by 60. Example: If your 4-gallon bucket fills in 40 seconds you have 6 GPM.