AUBURN, AL—A few things to think about when landscaping a home are what works best for pets, kids and the planet. Perhaps the most underrated aspect of a lawn is its irrigation system During spring, we see new growth in lawns and gardens. The season offers plants the two ingredients they need to thrive; warmth and water.
The most common irrigation methods for landscaping today are rotary or pop up sprinklers.These methods use a large amount of water, and they leave the lawn and garden wet, which leads to wet paws and shoes tracking through the house. The wasted water not only harms your wallet, but in areas where water conservation is pertinent, keeping your yard lush can be challenging.
Timothy Crow, a regional home horticulture agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, suggests drip irrigating.
Crow said, “I would consider drip irrigation very pet friendly and also water management friendly. Most of the time, drip irrigation can’t be noticed when its watering due to the extreme low volume of output.”
Drip irrigation allows water to slowly drip at a steady pace using drip emitters. This method can be applied directly to the soils surface or onto the plant’s roots, also called a subsurface drip.
The process generally involves a network of pipes, valves, tubing and emitters. For an average sized backyard, there are drip tubes that can be snaked throughout flower beds, shrubs and trees. There are a few ways to implement drip irrigation on a large, or small scale.
Drip irrigation may seem like a more complicated method of irrigation, but labor costs tend to be lower than other methods. This is also a method that you can easily install yourself, given you have the proper materials. It also prevents soil erosion and weed growth because of the ability to control distribution the method provides.
The method does come with a few disadvantages as well. If it is a subsurface drip, you will not be able to see the amount of water applied. The tubing used may also become whether worn, depending on the materials used. To avoid emitters from clogging, water must be properly filtered.
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