Shonnard's Blog

Jul
17

Water Smarter


Tired of dragging around hoses, buckets, and watering cans? Water smarter, not harder with drip irrigation. Drip systems are easy to install from any existing hose bib. They make watering easier and use less water, saving you both time and money.

Drip systems don’t need to be complicated. You do need to use a pressure regulator (to bring pressure down so the fittings stay together) and in most cases a filter (so the small outlets don’t get plugged with debris). A timer can be handy, and there are several good models of battery operated timer that connect directly to a hose bib. Larger diameter supply tubing runs from the water source to the planting areas, and into or around large planting areas for easy access. Individual drip emitters punch into the supply tube, and smaller distribution tubing carries the water to each plant.

There are also other distribution options available. For dense plantings such as flower beds, groundcover, or vegetable gardens, you might prefer to use small spray heads, available in several spray patterns. Though higher water use than drip emitters, they are simpler to set up for high density plantings, and still use substantially less water than traditional sprinklers. Do keep these on a separate system than individual emitter areas though, because you will want to run them for shorter periods of time. Or, if your high density plantings are mixed in with plants preferring the slower individual drippers they can be watered with sections of ¼” soaker tube and watered on the same system together.

Save water, time, money, and worry with drip irrigation. Pick your least favorite area to water by hand, and let us help you find the right system to water it – once you’ve done one area, you’ll be eager to do more.

-Darren Morgan


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