We’ve talked about drip irrigation before. It’s a great alternative to sprinklers for varied gardens.
Drip irrigation makes sense for some gardens more than others. The best part, of course, is saving time and money, because it’s low-maintenance and uses a fraction of the water that sprinklers do. But when should you choose drip over sprinklers and other irrigation systems?
Go with drip irrigation if you have:
- A variety of plants in the same area
- Florida trees, shrubs, and perennials
- Clay soil
- More than one garden bed
- A variety of containers and/or raised beds
- Plans to expand your garden over the next few years
Drip irrigation applies water slowly to each individual plant at the roots. If you want a low-maintenance way to control the amount of water you give each plant, nothing beats drip.
Modular System = Easy Repairs and Upgrades
Drip systems can be customized to feed each plant precisely the amount of water it needs. You have a choice of drippers, bubblers, soakers, or any combination. Choose according to how much water your plant needs and how much water the soil can absorb.
Since the system is modular, you can add new sections as your garden grows. Repairs and replacements are easy, because you can fix sections and individual parts without affecting the rest of the system.
Money- and Water-Saving Devices
No matter the irrigation system you use, make sure you’re taking full advantage of all the tech available to eliminate wasteful water use.
Call us and ask about any of these. Most of the time, we can even give you a quote over the phone.
- Rain gauge — You know it’s going to rain in Florida. Make sure you’re not one of those people who have automatic irrigation systems running when it’s pouring out. Rain gauges shut off your system in case of rain.
- Rain sensors – When it rains, why water your lawn or garden? Rain sensors keep your auto-system off until rain stops and all excess water has evaporated.
- Pressure regulators – Your water source may not have the optimal water pressure. Pressure regulators can lower to the ideal pressure for your irrigation system.
- Soil moisture sensors – These sensors keep your system from starting when the soil is sufficiently moist.
- Manual hose bib timers – If you’re using a hose sprinkler, connect a time to shut it off automatically.