Author: Drip Depot Staff
A Brief history: Drip irrigation has its roots in agriculture, where in many parts of the world it was the only option available for harsh climates with limited water supplies. Its development depended on advancements in polyethylene tubing, and its growth was most rapid in arid and drought-plagued regions. Beginning in the late 1960's farmers discovered that by using drip irrigation they could increase yields while lowering water use. The 80's saw drip irrigation making the transition into commercial landscape with mixed success. In today's market, drip irrigation is well-trusted and used extensively in agriculture, and is actively utilize in commercial landscape and residential gardens sites, providing a possible solution to some of our water management problems.
Dripper Water FlowDrip Irrigation is the slow application of water directly to the plants root zone. Maintaining an optimum moisture level in the soil at all times results in less water lost to the sun and the wind. No water is wasted on non-growth areas, and the root zone is maintained at its ideal moisture level, combining the proper balance of water and air for a very efficient irrigation system. Unlike drippers, micro sprinklers throw the water over a wide area, and are designed to be used in areas where drippers are not practical, such as large areas of ground cover or flower beds. Like drippers, micro sprinklers have many of the same benefits . All of these factors will result in deeper roots and more abundant foliage. The DIG line of low volume irrigation products is the ideal solution for most commercial landscape and residential sites. Low volume irrigation offers some key advantages and benefits to both contractors and home owners.
Advantages and Benefits
- Water Efficiency: By applying water only where and when it is needed, with less runoff, less deep percolation, and less evaporation from leaves and soil, the uniform application of water from drip irrigation systems can achieve high water savings.
- Ease of Installation: The system can be installed without special tools or glue, and with limited knowledge, making the installation a very simple process. Comprised of various plastic co, DIG low volume irrigation systems install easily above or below the ground.
- Reduced Pest Problems and Weed Growth: Watering only the roots of your plants with drip irrigation cuts down on water-borne pests and fungal diseases that spread by water movement, as well as the germination of weeds in the area between your plants.
- Versatility: Low volume irrigation systems are designed for placement in both new and existing landscape areas, and are ideal for installation on difficult terrain such as on slopes, in oddly shaped areas, and on windy sites.
- Root Zone: One of the most important aspects of drip irrigation is the fact that in many instances, a totally new and more favorable root zone environment is created and a relatively constant soil moisture level is maintained. This fact has important implications because it bears upon questions of plant water requirements, tolerance and control of disease.
- Economy: Investing in a low volume irrigation system can save you money and significantly lower your water use.
- Long Life: All DIG products are designed to withstand the harshest conditions in both home and commercial installations. They are manufactured of high quality, highly durable plastics and contain added quantities of the compound Carbon Black, making them resistant to the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays.
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