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What Are the Pros and Cons of Drip Irrigation?

There are a wide variety of ways to keep our landscapes properly watered and looking their best. However, keeping our landscapes in top condition is often a balancing act. On the one hand, we don’t want to deny our landscaping the water it needs, but on the other hand, we must make sure that we don’t overdo it, because that can lead to us violating water restrictions, paying more for utilities, and hurting the environment.

Here in Southern California, we are facing water restrictions, which makes it extremely difficult to properly care for landscaping. One method of water management that can both avoid violating water restrictions and keep landscapes sufficiently hydrated is drip irrigation.

What Is Drip Irrigation?

Drip irrigation involves using a system of tubes with emitters (micro-sprinklers) to directly water the roots of plants. The tubes are either buried slightly underground or just above the surface of the soil with the emitters lined up over the roots of your plants. Once active, water will slowly drip from the micro-sprinklers directly onto the roots.

Pros and Cons of Drip Irrigation

Before you decide whether drip irrigation is the right fit for your property, you must learn about its pros and cons. The pros of drip irrigation include the following:

  • Save Water – Drip irrigation is a very efficient way to water your plants. Because of how efficient drip irrigation is, it requires the use of less water than other types of irrigation. In addition, drip irrigation helps reduce water loss. This is because drip irrigation helps prevent water loss due to high winds and evaporation.
  • More Control – Normal sprinklers, and some other forms of landscaping irrigation, are less targeted than drip irrigation, leading to entire areas of landscaping being watered unnecessarily. Drip irrigation allows you to limit watering to the areas of landscaping that need attention.

The cons of drip irrigation are:

  • Complex Installation – Because a drip irrigation system targets the roots, it must be installed so it lines up exactly with the roots of the plants it will be watering. This is especially challenging if a drip irrigation system is being installed in a large area.
  • Constant Maintenance – Drip irrigation systems must be constantly looked after and maintained. However, the maintenance involved is generally simple.

Stay Green’s Water Management Team Is Second to None. Call Us Today!

If you are searching for water management solutions for your property’s landscape, Stay Green can help. We have been providing Southern Californians with high-quality solutions for their landscape watering needs since 1970. Our knowledge, skills, and experience in the area of water management services is unmatched. Our team is highly trained and professional, and our company was one of the first landscaping businesses to make environmentally friendly landscaping practices a high priority. For commercial landscaping services with a personal touch, call Stay Green.

For a complimentary estimate, call our water management services experts at (800) 741-9150 or reach out to us online today!

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