Say drip and water in the same sentence and most people will think of something negative, like a leaky faucet. But when you are talking about a drip irrigation system, a drip is a great thing that can help expand your Stage 3 watering window. We’ll talk more about that in a moment, for now let’s list the many benefits of a drip irrigation system.
- Saves water with less runoff and evaporation.
- Delivers water evenly around foundations which can help prevent foundation problems.
- Puts the water exactly were you want it by targetting the exact area where you want the water (for example, the roots) and allows you to deliver it at the exact time you wish (using a timer.)
- Delivers water without creating an overly moist environment that promotes fungal diseases.
- Adapts easily to changes in landscape. Systems can be used for containers, raised beds, vegetable rows or balconies. Drip irrigation can circle a tree or shrub at the dripline.
- Reduces erosion on slopes (remember to place the emitter upslope, above the plant.)
- Improves water-holding capacity in clay soils.
All of that sounds great, but when you factor in that most cities exempt drip irrigation systems from their water restriction guidelines it becomes huge! Our North Texas drought has no signs of easing up in the near future (click here to read the Dallas Morning News article.) And those with large lawns and landscape usually have a sprinkler system that has 8 or 9 zones. That translates to not enough minutes in the day to water all of your lawn and landscape correctly. If you invest in a drip irrigation system for your landscape and beds, you can skip those areas on your watering day, and focus all of your minutes on your lawn. This allows you to have a healthy lawn and landscape. You’ll want to make sure that your city allows the exemption. You can visit the Village Green Resource Center for helpful links for the cities we serve.
If you have more questions regarding your sprinkler and irrigation system give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email our Founder and President, Ken Hyatt at [email protected]. We’d be happy to answer all your questions and help you have a healthy and happy lawn during our extended North Texas drought.