Irrigation water is an extremely important resource in Idaho. In the treasure valley, not only do the farmers rely on irrigation for their crops, but many residential neighborhoods use it to water their lawns and gardens. Access to irrigation water can be limited by drought and as demand grows with an ever increasing population, water conservation is becoming a hot topic in our area.
At Organic Solutions! Inc., we are always looking for ways to offer the best services and products that are also environmentally responsible. One of the ways in which we help homeowners have a beautiful yard and conserve water at the same time is by installing Drip Irrigation lines.
Drip irrigation (also known as trickle irrigation) is a form of irrigation that allows water to drip slowly to the roots of plants. Drip irrigation was commercialized by Israeli engineers in the 1950’ as a way to deliver water directly to the plant and eliminate waste through evaporation. Compared to other types of irrigation (sprinkler or flood/furrow irrigation), only the immediate root zone of each plant receives water.
Here are some of the benefits of a Drip irrigation system:
Efficiency – water goes right to the roots which means less run-off and evaporation
Versatility – Drip irrigation systems can be adapted to any landscape. A drip system can be installed for containers on balconies, in rows in large garden beds, on sloped areas where other forms of irrigation are difficult, and flexible enough for an odd shaped lot or garden bed.
Savings – You can save up to 50% of your annual water bill as compared to other forms of irrigation. In comparison you can also save money on the energy it takes to run the system.
Conservation – not only do you save water with drip irrigation but you also conserve soil by limiting loss to erosion.
Reduces pests and weeds – Drip systems reduce pests, weeds, and fungal growth that are promoted by surface water or by wet foliage.
Drip systems operate quietly which is both a pro and a con. The disadvantage to a quieter operation is that you can’t tell by sound if it is operating like it should. One of the main problems with drip systems is that the emitters can easily become clogged, especially if using untreated water. Filtration is needed to help keep the lines free from blockages.
A drip system isn’t your best choice for a large lawn area but can be used in conjunction with a standard sprinkler system. For a large or irregularly shaped yard, you can water the main area with standard sprinklers and then use drip emitters around the edges and drip lines in the garden beds. With today’s timers you can easily regulate the amount of water that each section receives.
A properly installed drip irrigation system will save you money and help the environment. It will also provide your plants with the water they need, right where they need it most. If you would like information on installing a drip irrigation system, give us a call, 208-884-8986, or contact us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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