Two Important Advantages Of Drip Irrigation Systems

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Irrigating your yard is essential for making sure that your plants are receiving enough water to thrive. Unfortunately, there are some homeowners that can feel overwhelmed by the different types of irrigation systems. This can be especially true for new homeowners that have limited experience with landscaping. If choosing a system for your yard is proving to be a difficult task for you, it may be beneficial for you to consider the following two advantages of opting for drip irrigation systems.

Improved Water Usage Efficiency

One of the most important benefits of a drip irrigation system is that it will be far more efficient when it comes to water usage. These gains in efficiency result from the fact that the water from these systems is applied directly to the soil near the base of the plant. Depending on the design of your system, these irrigation systems can either release this water along the surface of the soil or just below it. This is in contrast to sprinkler systems that will spray water over a large area.

By having the water for the plants drip out the sides of a perforated pipe tube, it is possible to greatly limit any water loss due to evaporation. Additionally, this can minimize the risk of watering areas that do not require it. For example, it can be common for sprinklers to get nearby driveways, sidewalks and areas without plants wet, which can significantly increase the amount of water that is needed for this routine part of landscaping.

Reduced Erosion Problems

Another major benefit of opting for a drip irrigation system is that it can greatly reduce the threat of erosion damaging your yard. This is due to the fact that the water will be applied much more slowly, which can give it ample time to be absorbed by the soil, plants or to drain away. When water is applied to the soil too quickly, it can lead to the formation of standing pools or streams of water that can worsen erosion issues.

If your yard is especially prone to suffering erosion damage, you may want to adjust the flow setting on the drip irrigation system to release water even more slowly. This can usually be done by adjusting the primary control valve for the water supply. While this may greatly extend the amount of time needed to thoroughly water your plants, it can be worth it to prevent your yard fro experiencing complications from erosion issues. 

To learn more about irrigation, contact a company like Boehm Landscape Inc

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14 June 2016

Discussing Landscaping Practices

Hello, my name is Willy Wilson. When I was in college, I rented a small home with my friends and coworkers. The home was in bad shape and needed a lot of help across the entire property. My friends and I decided to build up the home from the inside out with a unique landscaping layout. The landscaping process ignited a passion for creating gardens out of tired, patchy lawn space. I want to use this site to explore all of the different ways you can create a beautiful landscape around your home. Come by anytime to learn about this fascinating subject.