Efficient watering means putting the right amount of water in the right place when plants need it without excess runoff, over-spray, or waste. Sprinkler systems and hand watering are only 50-70 percent efficient. Drip irrigation exceeds 90 percent efficiency because water drips into the ground slowly from plastic tubing through special outlets called emitters and moves directly to the root zone.
Whether you currently hand water with hose-end sprinklers, have an in-ground sprinkler system, or are putting in new landscape, there is a drip system for you. It’s easier than you think to convert to drip irrigation!
The topics outlined below will help you install a drip system.
- Drip irrigation vs other irrigation methods
- How to get started
- Drip irrigation management
- Key considerations when implementing a drip system
- Drip irrigation basics
- Drip irrigation in different landscape situations
- Determining how much water to apply and how often
- Maintaining an irrigation system
- How to get help