A Better Way to Irrigate Your Plants… Drip Irrigation

Are you tired of newly planted, expensive plants dying from lack of water or too much water; concerned about your landscape investment getting watered when you take vacations in summer, the hottest time of the year? Tired of dragging hoses around the yard in hot weather, when you have better, cooler activities to do, like hang out at the pool or spend time with the family?

Consider a Drip Irrigation System

Drip… is simply flexible tubing,that transports water from a underground sprinkler system or from a faucet on the side of your house, to “emitters” that drip water onto the plant’s root system. Water slowly drips out of the emitters, watering the plants immediately and helps to develop a deeper root system for a healthier more drought tolerant plant going forward. Drip is effective at getting water directly to the plant’s root system where it is needed, saves water, is relatively inexpensive and easy to install, is out of sight, and is certainly a time saver.

“Thirty five years ago when road trips were popular, I took a trip west, to California and discovered what I thought was going to be the greatest idea to hit the North Carolina nursery and landscape industry since the metal, peanut oil cans were used as containers to grow ornamental plants, before the days of plastic pots! My discovery was ground breaking and I couldn’t wait to get home to Raleigh and share my discovery. I even started a business, Southeastern Drip Irrigation Distributors, devoted solely to the product. I was a little ahead of my time, but drip irrigation eventually caught on, and for good reasons.” – Curt Renz

Drip Irrigation head
Drip irrigation system
irrigation tubing
drip irrigation watering

Reasons for Installing Drip System?

Save money by conserving water.

Save time with the flip of a faucet, the use of a manual timer or a battery powered timer, it’s on to better things with your time.

Develop a better plant with a deeper root system. Slow dripping of water sends the roots searching downward, avoiding a shallow rooted plant that dry out quickly. Also, there are less disease problems because water is applied directly to the roots and not the plant’s foliage.

Grow a plant faster with a consistent supply of water to the plant…you can even fertigate (apply fertilizer) through a drip system.

Compared to underground systems, a separate water meter, a double check backflow preventer is not needed; also a licensed irrigation contractor is not required to install a drip system. Drip is not intended for lawns.

Water a lot of plants at the same time because the emitters drip at gallons per hour rates of .5 to 4 gallons per hour, you can install 500 to 800 emitters on a single system based on a 5 to 7 gallons per hour flow rate from an outdoor faucet.

You can customize how much water each plants receives by the number of emitters installed per plant and varing their flow rates.

Water does not end up where water isn’t wanted, like on your newspaper or running down the street.

Most municipalities allow you to run drip during drought situations when they will often require you to shut down your overhead system.

Very Important Any plant needs to be babied the first year until it roots are established in the surrounding soil, usually about a year. Invest in a $10 moisture meter probe you can get at your local hardware store; a easy way to check soil moisture levels.