Water Conservation

Drip Irrigation

Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation delivers water slowly near the ground so it isn’t wasted through runoff and evaporation. Drip can be manually operated or as part of a zone with automatic irrigation.

Drip systems minimize water contact with the above ground portion of the plant which decreases risk of disease.  Drip irrigation is the most efficient watering method and works well for a water-smart landscape. Since the plants are individually watered, weeds become less competitive.

This method saves money and water and provides more uniform soil moisture.

Drip Tips

  • Drip irrigation is best for trees, shrubs, and flowers.
  • Flowers in containers and vegetable gardens can benefit from drip irrigation.
  • Subsurface drip can be used to irrigate lawn areas.  Emitter lines are buried under the soil and water seeps slowly through the soil to irrigate the lawn.
  • Periodically check for leaks and clogs.
  • Keep your system simple to make maintenance easier

David Hillock describes how to use drip irrigation for containers.