Shop Drip Irrigation Supplies
Want Help Getting Started? We are the place for DiY Drip Irrigation. Our drip irrigation professionals have created a complete Drip Irrigation Education Page dedicated to helping anyone of any skill level install their own drip irrigation system.
Adding to or Repairing an Existing Drip Irrigation System? There are no industry standards in drip irrigation, which means finding compatible parts can be problematic. However, we have put together a guide that will help you source compatible parts no matter who the manufacturer of your drip irrigation tubing is. See our: Compatibility Guide
Drip irrigation is the way to go if you're looking for something that functions well and that will serve you and your plants for a long time.
This type of irrigation works by allowing a slow drip of water right at the roots of the plants. There's nothing overhead, which can mean that the water evaporates before it has a chance to sink in and really get to the roots. There's also nothing spraying, so you don't have to worry about avoiding the plants at certain times because the sprinklers are operating and you don't want to get wet. With drip irrigation, you get a very controlled method that works well, giving you a lot less to worry about when it comes to whether your plants are getting adequate water.
Drip emitters are what the system uses to make sure the water is controlled properly and going where it is supposed to. These emitters are small - generally around the size of a quarter - and they are placed right on the ground. Water is then released from these emitters, slowly and steadily, so that the plants are getting a continual supply of water, right at their roots. Because the water is consistent but the drip is slow, plants have much less risk of drying out or of becoming over-watered.
Any extra water the roots don't need can sink into the soil, just as it would after a rain. That makes drip irrigation one of the very best choices for watering plants and making sure they are getting everything they need without the risk of flooding them. To use drip irrigation, the drip emitters are arranged in rows on the ground, along the rows of plants. Then they are connected, via a feeder hose, to a water source. There are also hoses that can be purchased that have drip irrigation built right into them. Some people prefer these, but both ways work very well and will give nearly identical results.
The biggest benefit of drip irrigation is the precision it offers when it comes to where the water is going and how much is being delivered. With the drip emitters right on the ground in a row near the plants, there's virtually nowhere for the water to go besides right down into the soil to be used by those plants. Concerns like evaporation are nearly nonexistent, as the water doesn't have time to evaporate before it's soaked into the soil. The water drip can be controlled based on how much water is put through the feeder hose from the source, as well.
That means the drip can be made faster or slower, depending on how much water the plants need. All plants have different needs when it comes to how much water they require, so having control over the speed and strength of the drip is a very important part of using drip irrigation effectively. Efficiency is another huge selling point of drip irrigation systems. These systems use significantly less water than sprinkler systems, because of the lack of evaporation, so more of the water gets to the plants.
People who use drip irrigation systems can see their water bills drop quite a bit when compared with other methods, making drip irrigation an economical choice no matter the size of the field or the number of plants to be cared for.