Before we know it, spring will be here and many of you may be planning your spring gardens. The winter months are a great time to plan a way to supplement the rainfall our gardens depend on, especially if we have another dry spring and summer.

What is drip irrigation

The best technique to water your garden is utilizing drip irrigation. Drip is a controlled, slow application of water to soil. The water flows under low pressure through plastic pipe or hose placed along each row of plants.

The basic concepts behind the successful use of drip irrigation is that soil moisture remains relatively constant, and air, as essential as water is to the plant root system, is always available. Other watering methods, such as a flood or sprinklers, create a wide fluctuation in the soil water content, temperature and aeration of the soil.

Benefits of a drip irrigation system

The greatest thing about drip irrigation is that it only requires about half as much water as furrow or sprinkler irrigation because the water is applied drip by drip to the plant roots.

The financial investment in a drip irrigation system is reasonably small if you spend a few hours to plan, assemble and install the system. Savings in water and increased yield and quality can more than pay for the costs of parts to install and maintain a drip system.

One word of caution is to locate the irrigation area as close to the faucet as possible.

It is difficult to get enough volume to run the drip system properly. Take time to give the design of your drip irrigation system some thought and visit irrigation centers that handle drip irrigation equipment. With drip irrigation, you will have the best garden and harvest, while conserving water.