Save the Planet While Planting
If you’re reading this article right now, then odds are you are already interested in conserving energy and water. You already know that drip irrigation saves water from evaporative loss and uses less water in plant maintenance making it an incredible choice for those who want to stay environmentally-friendly.
Traditional Doesn’t Always Mean Best
While traditional above-ground sprinkler systems have been available for more than 100 years, drip irrigation is a contemporary choice that has only been available for the past 60 or so years.
In its early days, there were plenty of reasons why drip irrigation wasn’t the first choice. Over the past few decades modernizing it and working out the bugs, some drip tapes will now last for three+ years which greatly offsets costs on larger projects. Some units even have reusable fittings, allowing for more significant savings and longevity of the system.
Saving Water Means Saving Your Wallet
Drip irrigation uses less water, leading to less water runoff and greywater waste. Its precision regarding water distribution is better for root structures and allows for fewer weeds to thrive. There are a few other methods you can employ to maximize the eco-friendliness of your drip irrigation system even further.
Use a Timer
Adding a timer to your drip irrigation will increase savings and water use efficiency. Don’t worry about remembering to turn your system on and off at inconvenient times. Instead, use a timer to automatically promote healthy plant growth on a planned schedule! Just remember to check the batteries periodically.
Clean the Filter
Just like most things in life, drip irrigation systems need regular maintenance. The last thing you want is your drip irrigation system to become clogged. Utilize a filter and regularly check it to ensure water flows freely through the system and is delivered where you want it.
Use a Weather Sensor
A weather sensor can be used along with a timer to prevent under or overwatering. These handy devices measure precipitation to ensure that your system takes advantage of rainfall and isn’t running when it doesn’t need to be.
Know the Type of Soil
You should know what type of soil you have to make the best choice in what type of drip irrigation system will work best for you. If your soil drains quickly, it will have very different needs from clay-rich soil that will prevent water from seeping in and reaching roots. You don’t want to waste water by having it pool consistently at the top of your soil. You must carefully adjust your water flow and schedule to ensure the maximum amount of water is correctly utilized.
If you want to save water, money, and the planet, contact Watermaster Irrigation today! Their team members have a combined 250 years of irrigation experience, which they are happy to use for your benefit to get your lawn greener visually and green-friendly too!